Flash flooding in New York City as 50 million brace for Hurricane Henri – follow live

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Tropical storm Henri likely to be hurricane before landfall

New York City was lashed with flash flooding overnight, as torrential rainfall reached the city as Hurricane Henri moves steadily towards the northeastern US.

Scenes across New York and New Jersey witnessed flooding as between 1.75 and 3.25 inches of rain fell, halting some subway operations and flooding a number of roadways.

Early Sunday morning, Hurricane Henri was 135 miles south-southeast of Montauk Point on Long Island, producing 75mph winds, moving towards the coast at a speed of 21mph.

More than 50 million people are currently under weather alerts, according to CNN, with more than 12 million people under a storm surge warning, 5 million under a hurricane warning and 37 million under a tropical storm warning.

New York remains under a state of emergency, imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday evening.

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Hurricane Henri moving towards Long Island, New England

Hurricane Henri was reported to be moving towards Long Island and New England in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Around 2am, Henri was 135mi south-southeast of Montauk Point, Long Island in New York, the National Hurricane Centre said.

It was carrying top sustained wind speeds of 75mph and heading north at a speed of around 21mph.

The storm is expected to hit land later today at or near hurricane strength.

The National Hurricane Centre warned that Henri could also produce storm surges – where ocean waters are pushed above their normal level – of three to five feet in some areas, alongside torrential rainfall.

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More than 50 million braced for tropical storm impact

More than 50 million people in the Northeast US have braced for the impact of Hurricane Henri.

According to CNN, more than 12 million people are under a storm surge warning, 5 million are under a hurricane warning, and some 37 million are under a tropical storm warning.

Last night, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a State of Emergency order for the state and deployed 500 National Guard troops to respond to emergencies caused by the storm. Mr Cuomo also urged New Yorkers in affected areas to “prepare for heavy rains, strong winds and power outages”.

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Flooding in New York City

As Hurricane Henri moves towards the Long Island and New England, torrential rain lashed New York City overnight, causing flash flooding across the boroughs.

On Saturday, between 1.75 and 3.25 inches of rain fell across the city, halting some subway operations and flooding a number of roads.

Residents and local media took to Twitter to share images and videos of the flooding.

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Welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Hurricane Henri. Stay tuned for live updates.

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