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Tracking Henri: Parts Of NJ Evacuated By Torrential Rain, Storm Surges Expected

Estimated precipitation from Henri
Estimated precipitation from Henri Photo Credit: National Weather Service

Parts of New Jersey were evacuated Saturday and Sunday due to rainfall as Henri was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

Water rescue teams were called to Main Street and Willow Street in Helmetta due to areas of homes in need of evacuations, police reports say.

Newark firefighters evacuated 23 people following a foundation collapse at a Taylor Street home due to  thunderstorms just after 2 a.m.

The Newark Department of Engineering, Code Enforcement and PSEG have been notified.

The torrential rain was mainly focused on parts of Central Jersey such as Middlesex and Mercer counties -- with between 4 and 8 inches reported as of 9:12 a.m., the National Weather Service reports.

As of 5 a.m., the center of Henri was about 80 miles south of Long Island moving north at 18 mph.

Several areas saw major flooding, trapping cars in roadways Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

Tropical storm force winds remain possible for Middlesex and Monmouth counties, but the chance was decreasing, the NWS said.

Parts of the state could see as much as 10 inches of rain come Monday morning.

Click here for Sunday morning's briefing from the NWS.

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