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Photos and Videos Capture Impact of Hurricane Henri Across Tri-State

Heavy rain overwhelmed storm drains and drivers plowed through foot-deep water in a few spots in New York City, and Newark and Hoboken, New Jersey

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Tropical Storm Henri kept on course early Sunday to crash into a long stretch of northeastern coastline, as millions on New York’s Long Island and nearby areas braced for flooding, toppled trees and extended power outages.

The first signs of Henri came Saturday night when bands of heavy rain overwhelmed storm drains and drivers plowed through foot-deep water in a few spots in New York City, and Newark and Hoboken, New Jersey.

Tropical Storm Henri kept on course early Sunday to crash into a long stretch of northeastern coastline, as millions on Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey braced for flooding, toppled trees and extended power outages. Here's a look across the tri-state.

Here are some of the damages seen across the region:

New York

As seen from Liberty National Golf Course ferry to Manhattan, a sign Henri was approaching New York City at 7:00 p.m. Saturday

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As seen from Liberty National Golf Course ferry to Manhattan, a sign Henri was approaching New York City at 7:00 p.m.

With the center of the storm projected to pass just off the eastern tip of Long Island by midday Sunday, residents and visitors on Fire Island were urged to evacuate Saturday. The last boats out left before 11 p.m. Saturday and officials warned there might be no way to reach people left behind.

Henri weakened to a tropical storm Sunday with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph but is still wreaking life-threatening havoc across parts of Long Island, the city and Connecticut in the form of storm surges, flash floods and destructive winds.

Approaching severe weather Saturday night also cut short a superstar-laden concert in Central Park. The show headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson was meant to celebrate New York City’s recovery from the coronavirus.

Here's a look at Montauk Point as Tropical Storm Henri makes its way along the northeastern corridor.

Officials asked concertgoers to leave the park during Barry Manilow’s set amid the threat of lightning, one of which was seen striking the One World Trade Center.

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Freedom tower takes the hit from Henri around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Concert goers leave after the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert was canceled due to storms from Hurricane Henri at the Great Lawn in Central Park on August 21, 2021 in New York City.

Flash flood warnings were issued beginning Saturday night and into Sunday morning throughout the five boroughs. The National Weather Service said drivers had to be rescued after they got stuck in a flash flood on 3rd Avenue beneath the Gowanus Expressway and between 4th Avenue and Carroll Street late Saturday.

Further north, vehicles were seen wading through floodwater, according to videos by Williamsburg News.

New Jersey

Hours before rain even arrived, the storm was already stirring up rough waves along the shores of New Jersey.

Bands of heavy rain from Henri overwhelmed storm drains late Saturday and Sunday morning. CORRECTION: Video credit goes to jsickles33.

By Saturday night, it was pouring and several flash flood warnings were issued across New Jersey. Video posted to Twitter shows flooding on southbound Route 21, right before Interstate 280.

Members of the New Market Volunteer Fire Company performed a secondary search Sunday afternoon during an evacuation effort following a flash flood in Helmetta, New Jersey.

Members of the New Market Volunteer Fire Company perform a secondary search during an evacuation effort following a flash flood, as Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall, in Helmetta, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Brenner / AFP) (Photo by TOM BRENNER/AFP via Getty Images)
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Residents examine flood damage along John Street following flash flooding in the area, as Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall, in Helmetta, New Jersey, on August 22, 2021. - (Photo by TOM BRENNER/AFP via Getty Images)
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An aerial view of flooded streets are seen in Helmetta of New Jersey, United States on August 22, 2021 as Tropical Storm Henri hit east coast. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Connecticut

Shelves that held flashlights at a Walmart in Cromwell, Connecticut, were emptied by Saturday and residents prepared for power outages as a result of Hurricane Henri.

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Shelves that held flashlights at a Walmart in Cromwell, Connecticut, were emptied by Saturday and residents prepared for power outages as a result of Hurricane Henri.
Bands of heavy rain from Henri overwhelmed storm drains late Saturday and Sunday morning. Drivers plowed through foot-deep water in a few spots in New York City and New Jersey.
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