Thunderstorms in the US state of Tennessee have killed at least 22 people, reports The New York Times. At least 50 people are also missing, according to the American newspaper, after heavy rainfall led to flooding. The victims also included children, authorities confirmed, including twins who were just seven months old.
Tropical Storm Henri also arrived in Rhode Island on Sunday evening (Dutch time). There and in many other northeastern US states, including New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, high winds and torrential rain are leading to flooding and power outages. Thousands of flights in the area have been canceled due to the storm. Several subway tunnels in New York were flooded. The train connection between New York and Boston was shut down.
At least 125,000 homes and businesses would now be without power. The hardest hit is currently Rhode Island, where some 72,000 homes have no power. There are 30,000 homes in Connecticut and 10,000 in Massachusetts.
The Tennessee authorities declared a state of emergency earlier in the day and deployed the National Guard. In many places in the state 30 centimeters of rain fell in a short time. Numerous rivers overflowed in four counties west of the city of Nashville.
Henri started as a hurricane, but has scaled to a tropical storm over the course of Sunday with winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour. US President Joe Biden on Sunday called on citizens to remain cautious, despite the slightly weakening winds.
President Biden called on people on the northeast coast to be vigilant and prepare for potential flooding.
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