U.S.: 22 dead, 40 missing after Hurricane Henri hits

Twenty-two people are dead and about 40 missing in Humphreys County after heavy flooding caused by torrential rains.

Rescuers went house to house late Saturday looking for missing people, Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told The Tennessean newspaper. Davis said this flooding is the worst he’s seen in his 28 years in the department. Power outages and a lack of cell phone service have compounded the problems.

Rural roads and highways throughout Humphreys County were washed out Saturday.

The Tennessee National Guard was dispatched to the county to assist residents after up to 12 inches of rain fell in parts of Middle Tennessee Saturday, causing catastrophic flooding.

More than 15 inches of rain fell in Humphreys County, flooding roads and briefly closing a large section of Interstate 40. The Piney River also broke record water levels, the Nashville National Weather Service said.

Hurricane Henri’s first blows brought record rainfall. Hours before it was expected to make landfall Sunday afternoon, “Henri” had already brought record rainfall and widespread flooding.

Heavy rain overflowed storm drains in New York and New Jersey on Saturday night, and drivers waded through deep water in several places.

Henri is currently a tropical storm, but another three to six inches of rain is forecast to fall Sunday as the system moves over Long Island and into New England.

From Saturday evening through Sunday morning, a flash flood warning was issued for five boroughs and northern New Jersey.

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