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Tropical Storm batters area with lots of rain

Aug 23, 2021 6:33 am

Mike Goodwin and Pete DeMola report in the Times Union that Tropical Storm Henri, formerly a hurricane, hit the Hudson Valley and Capital Region with several inches of rain Aug. 22, with more expected. More than 100,000 power outages were reported throughout New England and a flood watch for the WGXC listening area remains in effect through 8 p.m. Aug. 23. President Joe Biden approved New York's declaration of a state of emergency. That will make it easier for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief and work with local governments, the state, and tribes. Water was the biggest problem, with five inches expected in many places, while winds weren't as strong after the hurricane landed in Rhode Island. The already-saturated ground is expected to lead to more water runoff and more downed trees, that might take out power lines. Henri was downgraded to a Tropical Depression during the evening Aug. 22. The storm comes on the final day of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tenure as governor, as Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to take over at midnight after his resignation announced two weeks ago. Read more about this story in the Times Union.