NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Henri was demoted Sunday from hurricane to tropical storm, but heavy rains continue to pound the tri-state area and New England.
Flash flood and storm surge warnings remain in effect and wind gusts in excess of 80 miles per hour are expected.
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At 8 a.m. on Sunday, Henry was about 35 miles southeast of Montauk, heading north at 18 miles an hour.
The storm continues to move further east, and the strongest winds are now expected to remain mostly offshore.
– National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 22, 2021
A tropical storm warning is in effect until further notice for Long Island, New York and Westchester County.
Parts of New Jersey are also subject to a tropical storm warning, including Hudson, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Middlesex and Monmouth.
Fairfield, Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties are also subject to a tropical storm warning in Connecticut.
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A storm surge warning is in effect for southern Westchester County, the Bronx, Suffolk County, northern Queens and northern Nassau County.
Southern sections of New Haven, Middlesex, New London and Fairfield in Connecticut are also subject to a storm surge warning.
A flash flood warning is in effect in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County.
Travel in areas subject to the flash flood warning will be very difficult.
WATCH: Governor Cuomo updates New Yorkers on Henri
Torrential rains began to hit New York City on Saturday night, with 4.45 inches of rain falling in Central Park in just a few hours.
The rain was coming from the tropical humidity fed by Henri, not from the outer bands.
As the storm continues to move further east, it is important to note that the effects will still be felt well outside the cone, whether the center passes over land or just offshore.
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