Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR
In a televised address from the White House, President Biden plans to brief the nation on Sunday on the status of Tropical Storm Henry, as well as evacuation efforts in Afghanistan.
Henry, who arrived ashore in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon, has already cut off electricity to tens of thousands of homes in Rhode Island and Connecticut, according to power companies. National Grid i EverSource. The flash was also reported from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
Biden approved emergency services for New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.
Biden is also expected to discuss evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. This weekend, 23 U.S. military flights evacuated about 3,900 people from the country, and 35 coalition planes evacuated another 3,900, the White House he said. This leads to a total evacuation of over 25,000 people Afghanistan has fallen under the Taliban last week.
Biden will speak from Roosevelt’s room beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
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