Tropical Storm Henri made landfall along the coast of Rhode Island near Westerly on Sunday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is expected to travel westward across Connecticut tonight, and it continues to weaken as it moves farther inland.
If you're just reading in now, here's what you need to know about the storm:
- Henri was once a hurricane — but not at landfall: Henri weakened from a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday morning before it made landfall later in the day. When it hit Rhode Island, it had sustained winds of 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
- Power outages and storm surge: Still, the storm brings damaging winds and dangerous storm surge that threaten to topple trees and power lines and cause flooding for millions of people across the region's major metropolitan areas. Already, more than 130,000 customers have lost power in the Northeast, primarily in Rhode Island, according to Poweroutage.US.
- Where Henri goes next: The storm continues to weaken as it moves farther inland and is expected to become a tropical depression tonight and a post-tropical cyclone by Monday afternoon. The center of the storm will track toward the Connecticut/New York border tonight, then take a turn to the east and eventually travel out to sea beginning Monday afternoon.
- Henri and Sandy: Henri has brought back difficult memories from 2012, when Superstorm Sandy — a post-tropical cyclone — made landfall in New Jersey with hurricane-force winds and devastated swaths of the Northeast. The two storms are not the same, however. Henri's wind field — which is the three-dimensional radius around the storm — at landfall was expected to be a quarter of the size of Sandy's, CNN meteorologists said