Henry tracking: Parts of NJ evacuated by torrential rains, storm surges expected

Parts of New Jersey were evacuated Saturday and Sunday due to rainfall as Henry 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 requiring evacuations, according to police reports.

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

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

The torrential rains were mostly concentrated in 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.

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

Several areas experienced major flooding, trapping cars on the roads from Saturday evening to Sunday morning.

Tropical storm-force winds remain possible for Middlesex and Monmouth counties, but the chances are diminishing, the NWS said.

Parts of the state could see up to 10 inches of rain Monday morning.

Click here for Sunday morning’s NWS briefing.

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