In a rare Sunday address, the president vowed to deploy a range of resources in the Tri-State Area and farther north and west into New England, where Henri is heading now.
"I've already approved emergency declarations for Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, which activates funds and means we can get in there and help as soon as this extreme weather has moved through. We don't know the full extent of the storm's impact today, but we're acting to prepare for and prevent damage as much as possible," Biden said.
Biden's emergency declaration comes one day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo requested approval from the White House.
It means preparations are already in place to address any significant power outages.
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