Over 50 million New Yorkers brace for tropical storm impact following flash flooding


New York City was lashed with flash flooding overnight, as torrential rainfall reached the city as Hurricane Henri moves steadily towards the northeastern US.

Scenes across New York and New Jersey witnessed flooding as between 1.75 and 3.25 inches of rain fell, halting some subway operations and flooding a number of roadways.

Early Sunday morning, Hurricane Henri was 135 miles south-southeast of Montauk Point on Long Island, producing 75mph winds, moving towards the coast at a speed of 21mph.

More than 50 million people are currently under weather alerts, according to CNN, with more than 12 million people under a storm surge warning, 5 million under a hurricane warning and 37 million under a tropical storm warning.

New York remains under a state of emergency, imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday evening.

Some Covid test sites in New York City to close due to Storm Henri

Some New York City Covid testing sites will be closed on Sunday due to Storm Henri, a New York healthcare provider has said.

NYC Health and Hospitals announced on Twitter: “Service Alert: Due to #HurricaneHenri, all NYC Health + Hospitals #COVID19 Testing Sites will be closed Sunday, August 22 and all NYC Health + Hospitals COVID-19 hospital-based vaccine clinics will close by 1pm on Sunday. #NYCTestandTrace”

Adding: “All other community testing and vaccination sites run by the NYC Health + Hospitals/NYC Test & Trace sites will remain open.”

The healthcare provider also urged New Yorkers to check https://nyc.gov/covidtest for exact hours and locations.

Source: The independent