Heavy rain and flooding began Sunday morning in New York City and parts of New Jersey as Tropical Storm Henri heads for an early afternoon landfall in New York or southern New England.
There were already reports of water rescues and flooded roads and basements Sunday morning, and States of Emergency were declared in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, while a local emergency was declared for New York City.
Mandatory evacuations were in effect Saturday and Sunday for some parts of the coastal town of Guilford, Connecticut, as well as the towns of Branford and Madison.
Some flood-prone areas of New Haven, Connecticut, were under recommended evacuation as well and several evacuation shelters were open in the state.
(MORE: Flooding in New York and New Jersey; Evacuations Ordered in Connecticut)
Voluntary evacuations were in effect for some areas of New York ahead of the storm, as well as Rhode Island.
The National Guard was called into Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut to aid with Henri’s impacts.
Photos show people in New York and New England preparing for the storm’s strike, boarding up windows, removing their boats from the water and evacuating locations like Fire Island, New York, which is expected to be hit hard.
The storm was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a Tropical Storm Sunday morning, but is nevertheless expected to bring heavy rainfall, dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and the likelihood of widespread power outages.
Click through the slideshow above to see how New York and New England fare with the wrath of Tropical Storm Henri.
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