Dramatic Images Show Storm Henri From Space As More Flooding Expected

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has captured dramatic images of tropical cyclone Henri from around 250 miles above the Earth.

Megan McArthur, pilot of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the ISS, snapped photos of Henri before it made landfall on the U.S. east coast, while it was still classified as a hurricane.

Henri weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm early Sunday, before making landfall later in the day along the coast of Rhode Island, bringing heavy rainfall, damaging winds and dangerous storm surges to parts of the Northeast.

Currently, more than 40,000 "customers" are without power in Rhode Island, while thousands in Connecticut and Pennsylvania are also experiencing outages, figures from poweroutage.us show.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite also captured spectacular images of Henri as it made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, at approximately 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

We just flew over the East Coast and saw #HurricaneHenri. Stay safe, friends. pic.twitter.com/o83XZAqDgR

— Megan McArthur (@Astro_Megan) August 21, 2021

By Sunday night, Henri had weakened to a tropical depression as it crawled over the Northeast.

As of 5:00 a.m. EDT, the center of Henri was located around 60 miles north-northwest of New York City and roughly 90 miles west of Hartford, Connecticut, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a public advisory.

We just flew over the East Coast and saw #HurricaneHenri. Stay safe, friends. pic.twitter.com/o83XZAqDgR

— Megan McArthur (@Astro_Megan) August 21, 2021

The tropical depression currently has maximum sustained winds of around 30 miles per hour with higher gusts. According to the NHC, little change in strength is expected over the next 48 hours.

Henri is almost stationary at the moment but forecasters expect the tropical depression to begin moving eastward later on Monday morning and into the afternoon.

.@NOAA's #GOESEast 🛰️ captured the landfall of #TropicalStormHenri along the coast of Rhode Island, near Westerly, at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET today.
Get the latest: https://t.co/1L8q1zg4eW#NYwx #RIwx #CTwx

Stay safe, everyone! pic.twitter.com/9TrkR5UKF3

— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 22, 2021

While Henri has been downgraded to a tropical depression, it still presents several hazards, according to the NHC.

"Slow-moving Henri expected to continue to produce heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of southern New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic states through today," said the NHC on Monday.

The tropical depression is expected to produce additional rainfall of 1 to 3 inches, with higher amounts possible in certain locations, over parts of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania over the course of Monday.

"Heavy rainfall from Henri will continue to result in limited to considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding impacts, along with minor to isolated moderate river flooding," the NHC said.

In addition, ocean swells are expected to continue across much of the North American east coast through Monday, which could create "life-threatening" surf and rip current conditions, according to the NHC.

Hurricane Henri as seen from the ISS
Hurricane Henri, heading towards the U.S. Northeast, as seen from the the International Space Station. Megan McArthur/NASA/ISS