Henri moves away and takes rain with it; local power outages limited – Daily Freeman

A long rainfall associated with the remnants of Hurricane Henri mostly tapered off in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills by midday Monday, and it appeared the region had been spared the worst of the storm’s wrath.

There were no reports of serious flooding in the area, and power outages were limited — in contrast with damage the storm did in Rhode Island and Connecticut as it came ashore Sunday. In those states, cars were submerged, trees were toppled, some homes were damaged, and thousands of homes and businesses were left in the dark.

Henri, downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall and later to a tropical depression, slowed to a crawl early Monday as its center of circulation parked near the New York-Connecticut line, considerably farther west than initially forecast. It then moved east through New England as the day progressed.

The National Weather Service kept a flood watch in effect until 8 p.m. Monday in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills but said any flooding was expected to be minor.

Assistant Deputy Ulster County Executive Daniel Torres said county officials had received “no reports of major flooding or damage” as of midday Monday and that all roads were open.

Dutchess County also had no reports of flooded roads, according to Colleen Pillus, communications director for County Executive Marc Molinaro. Pillus said there were some reports of fallen trees, but none that forced any road closures.

Henri’s arrival in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills was not accompanied by strong winds, so power outage totals stayed relatively low. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. said only 101 of its 300,000-plus customers remained without electricity across the utility’s eight-county coverage area as of 6:10 p.m. Monday. A few thousand customers lost power at various points Sunday and Monday.

The remaining outages included 71 in Ulster County and just nine in Dutchess County.

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