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Tracking Henri: Downgraded to tropical storm Sunday morning

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Henri has been downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm once again. The National Hurricane Center announced Sunday morning the latest change to Tropical Storm Henri as it makes its way across portions of southern New England.

As of 7:20 a.m. Sunday, the storm is set to make landfall on the coast of Rhode Island early this afternoon. Massachusetts will see winds and rain ramp up with storm surge a bigger concern with the high tide tonight. The heaviest rain will be to our west across western New England and New York and strongest winds will be along and east of the track especially near the southeast coast, but because it is such a large storm, we will still see impacts locally.

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Live Updates for Sunday, August 22

7 a.m.: Henri has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the impact for heavy rain and strong wind continues as it makes its way up southern New England, through Rhode Island, before arriving in Massachuetts by early afternoon.

11 p.m.: The latest track information shows Henri is speeding up, but will slow down and weaken slightly before making landfall, according to the Boston 25 Weather Team. The track has shifted a little to the east.

8 p.m.: Henri’s movement and wind are the same, according to the Boston 25 Weather Team. Our meteorologists are expecting landfall along eastern Long Island through southern Connecticut and Rhode Island, with slight strengthening overnight as the storm moves through some warmer waters. However, it will then weaken as it approaches cooler waters over New England and some wind shear.

6:45 p.m.: Eversource says utility crews from across the nation are arriving at its staging area on Cape Cod.

5 p.m.: According to the 5 p.m. track update, Henri is picking up speed, now moving NNE at 18 mph. Additional strengthening is still possible tonight. As it gets closer to the coast of southern New England/New York, it will start to weaken and it will slow down a bit. Expected landfall after 2 p.m. Sunday, maybe closer to 5 p.m. This could change. The track brings the storm still between Long Island and southern Rhode Island.

2 p.m.: According to the 2 p.m. track update, Henri remains a hurricane. It is moving a little faster since the last update. No big changes to the forecast track. Still watching potential landfall between Long Island and Block Island on Sunday.

1:45 p.m.: Sunday’s ferry between Martha’s Vineyard & Inter-Island has been canceled.

1 p.m.: Boston 25 News reporter Kirsten Glavin had lots of company while leaving the Cape this afternoon.

10:55 a.m.: Henri strengthens to Category 1 hurricane.

10 a.m.: Sunday’s WooSox game has been canceled due to the storm. Fans can exchange their tickets for any future WooSox game this season at Polar Park, including Saturday afternoon’s game at 4:05 p.m.

9:15 a.m.: The New England Aquarium will be closed on Sunday, August 22 in anticipation of the storm. The area around the Aquarium is notorious for flooding during storms.

8 a.m.: Hurricane Hunters just flew into Tropical Storm Henri. It is forecast to become a hurricane Saturday afternoon and will near New England tomorrow.

7:30 a.m.: Flood Watch issued for central and western MA, CT, RI and Long Island.

5:30 a.m.: Henri remains a Tropical Storm Saturday morning and is expected to become a Category 1 Hurricane by the afternoon, according to Meteorologist Vicki Graf. Multiple advisories are in place including:

-A Tropical Storm Warning for the South Coast, Martha’s Vineyard into southern Rhode Island

-Hurricane Warning for Long Island and southern Connecticut

-Storm Surge Warning for Cape & Islands, as well as South Coast

-Flood Watch across central and western MA, CT, RI and Long Island

Friday, August 20

11:13 p.m.: Henri is again farther west, which is good news for eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, according to Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz.

8 p.m.: Henri is still a Tropical Storm and this does not change the track, in the latest update from Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz.

5 p.m.: Henri’s track shifted more westward in the latest update from the Boston 25 Weather Team.

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