Henri weakened from a hurricane to a strong tropical storm Sunday morning, making landfall at 12:15 p.m. near Westerly, R.I. Nevertheless, the storm has unleashed wind gusts over 70 mph and produced coastal and inland flooding.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm had slowed down over southwestern Rhode Island and was expected to slow further and possibly stall near the Connecticut-New York border late Sunday. All storm surge warnings had been discontinued, according to the 2 p.m. advisory.

Flooding problems could escalate as the storm slows and moves inland. Meanwhile, water levels will remain elevated at the shore through Sunday evening, while strong winds will cause mounting power outages near the coast and some distance inland.

Here’s what to know

  • President Biden provided an update on the administration’s response to Henri on Sunday afternoon.
  • With the storm coming inland, heavy rain and flooding is the most serious threat, with widespread amounts of three to six inches and isolated amounts up to 12 inches. Significant flooding has already affected New York City and parts of New Jersey.
  • Wind gusts over 60 mph near the coast have contributed to more than 100,000 customers being without power in Rhode Island and Connecticut.