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Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall in Rhode Island

Satellite image shows Henri making landfall in Rhode Island. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon, bringing damaging winds, storm surge flooding and torrential rainfall, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The latest: Speaking from the White House later Sunday, President Biden said the administration has been monitoring the storm's movements and making preparations for recovery efforts. "This storm has the potential for widespread consequences across the region," Biden said

Tropical Storm Henri set to strike Northeast with storm surge, inland flooding

Tropical Storm Henri as seen from satellite imagery on Sunday. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

Tropical Storm Henri was barreling toward the Northeast coastline Sunday morning, on track to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England later in the day.

The latest: The storm is packing maximum sustained winds near 70 mph with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 8 a.m. ET advisory. "Some slight weakening will be possible this morning, but Henri is still forecast to be a strong tropical storm when it reaches the coasts of southern New England and Long island," it added.

Tropical Storm Henri prompts hurricane warnings for Connecticut, New York

Model projection showing Hurricane Henri approaching Southern New England on Aug. 22, 2021. (

Tropical Storm Henri, currently spinning its way north-northwest about 270 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is likely to become the first hurricane to make landfall in southern New England in 30 years.

Why it matters: Factors ranging from soggy soils from previous rainstorms to astronomical high tides, and Henri's slow forward motion will combine to create a uniquely dangerous scenario for New England beginning Sunday and lasting through at least Monday.

Aug 20, 2021 - Health

Study: Extreme heat is becoming an unignorable global health issue

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More than 356,000 people died from extreme heat-related causes in just nine countries in 2019, a death toll not only preventable but expected to grow as temperatures increase worldwide, a pair of studies published Thursday in The Lancet shows.

Why it matters: Though it's known heat stress can lead to stroke, organ and brain damage, the studies out of the University of Washington found it also causes a slew of specific morbidities including several types of heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Tropical Storm Henri poses increasing threat to New England

Tropical Storm Henri on Thursday, spinning off the Southeast coast of the U.S. (CIRA/RAMMB)

Tropical Storm Henri, currently located about 490 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is forecast to intensify into a hurricane Friday and may pass close to or make landfall in southern New England late this weekend.

Why it matters: A slow-moving Category 1 hurricane or strong tropical storm spinning near Cape Cod could pound the region with high surf and coastal flooding in particular, which could be heightened by rising sea levels from long-term climate change.

Aug 18, 2021 - Health

Extreme heat exposes new vulnerabilities for Pacific Northwest hospitals

Portland residents stay cool in a public fountain filled with soap suds during a heatwave. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

The extreme heatwaves that blasted the Pacific Northwest this summer exposed a new reality for hospitals that were overwhelmed by patients with heat-related illnesses.

Why it matters: State and local health departments in Washington and Oregon report those who succumbed to heat-related illness were often older, with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and had no air con­di­tion­ing. Many were also so­cially iso­lated.

California's worsening wildfires spark fresh evacuation orders

A view of the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, California, about 1pm PT on Tuesday. Photo: U.S. Forest Service

Red flag warnings are in effect over a vast stretch of the West — including California, Nevada and Montana, prompted by strong winds, high temperatures and drought conditions.

The latest: In Northern California, where fuel moisture and flammability are especially conducive to extreme wildfire behavior, the rapidly growing Caldor Fire prompted mandatory evacuation orders to be issued late Tuesday, as it tore through homes in and around the El Dorado County town of Grizzly Flats.

Updated Aug 17, 2021 - World

Tropical Storm Grace complicates Haiti rescue efforts

Buildings damaged due the earthquake in Saint-Louis-du-Sud, Haiti. Photo: Jonathan Alpeyrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tropical Storm Grace lashed Haiti Monday into Tuesday, complicating rescue efforts following Saturday's earthquake that left at least 1,941 people dead, nearly 10,000 injured and tens of thousands homeless.

The big picture: The temporary pause in search and rescue efforts due heavy rain and strong winds from the storm exacerbated growing anger and frustration in affected areas, AP reported.

Tropical Storm Grace causes flooding in hard-hit Haiti, sets sights on Mexico

Infrared satellite image showing Tropical Storm Grace on Aug. 17. Image: CIRA/RAMMB

Tropical Storm Grace has been drenching Haiti with heavy rain of up to 15 inches just days after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake. Social media posts show flooded roadways and homes.

Why it matters: The storm, with relatively weak winds of 50 mph, brought heavy rains at a time when many families were staying in temporary shelters after their homes were destroyed during the earthquake.

Updated Aug 16, 2021 - Science

Tropical Storm Fred strikes Florida as Grace drenches Haiti

Tropical Storm Fred moves north toward the Florida Panhandle on Monday. (CIRA/RAMMB)

An intensifying Tropical Storm Fred struck the Florida Panhandle Monday afternoon, making landfall at 3:15 p.m. ET, with a damaging coastal storm surge, high winds and heavy rains that could extend all the way north into the Mid-Atlantic region.

The big picture: Meanwhile, poorly organized tropical depression Grace continues to dump rain across Haiti and the Dominican Republic, complicating earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. It appears destined to enter the Gulf of Mexico.