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Tropical Storm Henri: Live updates from Newport County

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As Tropical Storm Henri prepares to batter Newport County and the Rhode Island coast, this story will be updated with the latest:

A street in the Point neighborhood of Newport is blocked off as Tropical Storm Henri arrives Sunday. © Eryn Dion/Newport Daily News A street in the Point neighborhood of Newport is blocked off as Tropical Storm Henri arrives Sunday.

Middletown beaches, low-lying roads re-opening plan

Middletown announced plans to open low-lying roads including Sachuest Point and Third Beach roads by noon on Monday. 

Second and Third beaches are scheduled to re-open Tuesday at 8 a.m.

National Grid service being restored in Newport County

Middletown seeks damage reports online

Middleltown officials are asking residents to report damage reports through the town's website.

You can access the reporting page here and select storm damage.

Henri makes landfall in Westerly

From our colleagues at the Providence Journal (read the full story here):

Tropical Storm Henri has made landfall in Rhode Island, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm's center made landfall near Westerly at about 12:15 p.m., the Hurricane Center said. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 60 mph.

"A Weatherflow station near Point Judith, Rhode Island, recently measured a sustained wind of 57 mph (92 km/h) and a gust to 70 mph (113 km/h). The center of Henri passed over Block Island, Rhode Island, around 1100 AM," the Hurricane Center said.

"Dangerous storm surge, strong gusty winds, and flooding rainfall are expected across portions of the Northeastern United States," the National Hurricane Center said.

Before noon, Henri had already brought 2.73 inches of rain to Westerly, 2.48 inches to South Kingstown and 2 inches to Coventry, according to the National Weather Service.

Newport, Jamestown, Mount Hope bridges reopen

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority announced at 12:52 p.m. the three bridges are now open with some restrictions. (NOTE: All restrictions were lifted at 2:05 p.m.)

Portsmouth seeks damage reports

The Portsmouth Emergency Management Agency is asking the public to assist with damage reports.

Any and all damage reports (Trees down,  damage  to services, road obstructions, etc.) can be sent to: damageassessment@portsmouthri.com

 Anyone from the public sector should include address or description of location of damage, and their point of contact information, as well as assessment of any immediate safety concerns.

Emails are preferred however for urgent matters the phone number to the desk is 401- 643-0444 or police dispatch 683-0300.

Road closure announced in Portsmouth

Linden Lane (entrance to the Gardner Seveney Sports Complex) in Portsmouth is closed due to a fallen tree limb. The limb will be cleared when the wind subsides.

RITBA closes Newport Pell, Jamestown and Mount Hope bridges

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has closed Newport Pell Bridge, the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge and the Mount Hope Bridge due to high winds, effective immediately. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

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Under RITBA protocols, RITBA may elect to close a bridge when sustained wind speeds exceed 70 mph for a continuous period of 15 minutes or more or wind gusts persistently exceed 70 mph over a period of 15 minutes. The bridge will reopen when conditions are deemed safe.

Roads close in Newport

The Newport Police Department in a social media post announced the closure of the following roads and areas in the city: Ocean Drive, Memorial Boulevard, Parker Street, Wellington area, Point sections. 

"Many more roads may be closed during the storm. Plan accordingly," the police said in the post. 

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State Police tell surfers to stay out of water

During the latest press briefing at 10 a.m. R.I. State Police Col. James Manni said he observed most people following orders to shelter in place in coastal communities, but did voice concern for people that want to surf calling them "a major challenge to safety."

"Asking all surfers to use your head and don't go in the water," Manni said.

National Grid reports power outages throughout Newport County

Gov. McKee plans 10 a.m. ,  4 p.m. Henri briefings

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