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Tropical Update: Henri drops to tropical depression

Henri came ashore around 1 p.m. near Westerly, Rhode Island
Published: Aug. 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2021 at 11:43 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Henri made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island at 1 p.m. this afternoon. It had wind speeds of 60 mph which have consistently dropped over the past hour, now down to 30 mph as of the 11 p.m. update, making it a tropical depression. Henri will continue to diminish quickly, however its rains will continue to soak the New England region over the next two days. Power outages, toppled trees and flooding have already been reported from Long Island to Massachusetts.

The official track and data of Tropical Depression Henri as of the 11 p.m. update (8-22)
The official track and data of Tropical Depression Henri as of the 11 p.m. update (8-22)(WITN Weather)

With Henri clear of NC, our rip current threat will gradually diminish over the coming days. Rips will remain high today and tomorrow, but improvement is expected by Tuesday. While we would normally see a spike in humidity with the passing of a tropical system, Henri will actually help force drier air into the area brought to us by Friday’s cold front.

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