Henri made landfall in the Northeast on Sunday, August 22, 2021, bringing heavy downpours and strong winds.

It made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, Sunday afternoon as a strong tropical storm, weakening from a hurricane before coming ashore.

What You Need To Know

  • Henri made landfall in Rhode Island as a strong tropical storm on August 22, 2021

  • Henri became first Tropical Storm or stronger that directly hit Northeast since Hurricane Bob in 1991

  • Henri brought record rainfall and flooding to several cities

Henri (pronounced "ahn-REE") started as a disturbance to the north of Bermuda. It moved south and wrapped around Bermuda, becoming a tropical depression on August 16.

Henri turned north on August 20 and eventually became a hurricane on August 21. It weakened to a tropical storm before landfall in the Northeast.

Henri brought heavy rain, flooding and damaging winds across the Northeast.

It knocked down many trees and power lines, leading to hundreds of thousands of power outages across these states.

New Jersey and New York saw the most rain, with some areas picking up between 8 to 12 inches of rain. One of the highest rainfall totals since Saturday evening is 11.75 inches in Haines Falls, N.Y.

Three to six inches of rain was quite common for cities in the Northeast.


Significant flash flooding occurred, and many vehicles, homes, and businesses became inundated with feet of water.

Water rescues conducted in Helmetta, N.J. on Aug. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Slavicek)

Emergency officials conducted many water rescues.

There were also several tornado reports in Massachusetts, but thankfully, there was only minor damage to trees and power lines.

Emergency personnel and first responders work to help residents after heavy rains from Henri flooded the area, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Helmetta, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris Slavicek)

The Northeast isn't the most tropical system-prone area, but it certainly has its share. More than 100 have impacted the region since the 1800s. In fact, it was 30 years ago this week that Hurricane Bob struck southeastern New England as a Category 2 hurricane.