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Henri spawns tornadoes in Massachusetts and continues to deluge parts of the Northeast.


Tropical Storm Henri flooded roadways and knocked out power for thousands in the Northeast. The storm was expected to bring more rain to New England and Mid-Atlantic states as a tropical depression.CreditCredit…Brian Snyder/Reuters

Aug. 23, 2021Updated 6:31 p.m. ET

The remnants of Tropical Storm Henri stalled over New England on Monday, dropping yet more rain and spawning three tornadoes in central Massachusetts that caused some damage but no deaths or injuries, according to the National Weather Service.

All three tornadoes — the first in Marlborough at 11:40 a.m., the second in Bolton at 12:30 p.m. and the last in Stow at 1:10 p.m. — were EF-0 strength, the lowest intensity for a tornado, with peaks winds at about 65 miles an hour, the National Weather Service in Boston said.

Henri was downgraded to a slow-moving post-tropical cyclone on Monday evening, a day after it had knocked out power to thousands and caused flooding from New York City to Rhode Island and beyond.

The storm system was located about 60 miles north-northeast of New York City at 5.p.m. on Monday, and more flooding was possible in parts of southern New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic.

It was moving east at nine miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 25 m.p.h., but “it’s going to move faster later tonight,” said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center.

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He said the greatest impact from the system would be more heavy rain. About five to nine inches of rain had already fallen across northern New Jersey and in the New York metro area. Central Park set a record on Saturday for the most rain in a single hour when 1.94 inches fell between 10 and 11 p.m.

The storm brought as much as 8.19 inches of rain to Central Park, making this the second wettest summer on record there, with nearly two feet of rain since June 1, according to the National Weather Service.

The latest rainfall totals also included up to 9.85 inches of rain in Brooklyn and about 8.02 inches in Harrison, N.J.

Henri is expected to drop an additional one to three inches of rain on Monday night, with higher amounts possible in some areas, over portions of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

The rain could lead to flash, urban and small stream flooding, Mr. Feltgen said. Flood watches were in effect for parts of southeast New York and southern New England.

“Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive through flooded areas,” Mr. Feltgen said, noting that most flood deaths take place in vehicles. “Turn around, don’t drown,” he added.

Before it weakened, Henri was a tropical storm that slammed the Northeast on Sunday. The system wiped out power in most of coastal Rhode Island, forced evacuations in Connecticut, stranded dozens of motorists in New Jersey and shattered rainfall records in New York City.

The system, which made landfall in Rhode Island, spared the region the brunt of what was predicted. During its peak on Sunday afternoon, the storm left more than 140,000 households without power from New Jersey to Maine.

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