What to know
- Potentially heavy thunderstorms are expected to develop Monday night to Tuesday with the worst weather in the night hours; however, periods of rain should continue throughout the day on Tuesday
- A large part of the area could see 3-5 inches of rain is possible in large parts of our area – rain levels that the area typically sees in a month. Flood guards are in force for the entire region
- A wind-warning is in effect for parts of Suffolk County from Tuesday morning, with gusts expected to approach 50 mph; tornadoes and large hail are considered unlikely with this system
Heavy rain, some heavy thunderstorms and dangerous winds are expected to slam the three-state area overnight from Monday to Tuesday, threatening an almost all-day drone for the three-state area and nearly 50 mph gusts in parts of the region.
A few showers and heavy thunderstorms began to move into the three-state area on Monday night, and several continued to develop over the area into the hours of the night. Locally heavy rainfall and lightning can be expected.
Harmful winds remain the biggest threat, with some cells producing strong gusts of wind. Tornadoes and large hailstones are considered unlikely at this time.
Gusts will also increase in the middle of the morning on Tuesday, approaching 50 mph for parts of Long Island later in the day. Other areas in the tri-state may see gusts between 30-40 mph, but all winds will gradually abate on Wednesday.
The heavy rain expected Monday night could bring flooding to Tuesday morning. The most widespread rain was to fall between midnight and noon. 9 in the morning, and 3-5 inches of rain is possible in large parts of our area – rain levels that the area typically sees in a month.
The rain is expected to subside Tuesday night.
Flood warnings were in effect for Staten Island as well as the Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties of New Jersey until early Tuesday morning.
A flood watch has been issued for the entire tri-state area, from southern Jersey to Connecticut and including all five boroughs of New York City, while a wind advice has been issued for parts of Suffolk County as of Tuesday morning. Check out the latest severe weather alerts for your neighborhood here.
Both Gov. Kathy Hochul and Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for New York and New Jersey, respectively, as the storms approached. The Hoboken, which was exposed to flooding, exposed sandbags throughout the city before the rain came as the school districts of Jersey City and Paterson, New Jersey, closed schools for Tuesday, with no remote instruction or personal instruction. See a complete list of school closures here.
The MTA had already adopted a plan for the subway system, sending hundreds of crews to more than 50 stations Monday afternoon to begin the process of preventing potential flooding. NBC New York’s Jessica Cunnington reports.
The NYC Emergency Management Department advises New Yorkers to prepare for potentially heavy rain by restricting travel and accommodation inside periods of severe weather, but if you are traveling, be careful not to drive (or walk) into areas, where water covers the roadway. In addition, New Yorkers are advised to avoid open areas and try to seek shelter indoors during thunderstorms. Meanwhile, during periods of heavy rain, they are advised to seek higher terrain, and if they are in a basement, to move to a higher floor.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city does not expect the expected rainfall level to have a greater impact, but said officials would monitor the situation closely.
He has pushed a monitored approach to the weather over the past month since the devastation caused by Ida and Henry’s floods over the summer. The Democrat also urged New Yorkers to stay away from flooded areas when driving, and urged those living in flooded basement apartments to be on alert.
Two school districts in New Jersey have announced they will close in preparation for the storm overnight Tuesday. A flood warning is in effect for most of the tri-state. It reports NBC New York’s Checkey Beckford.
The city’s Department of Transportation handed over sandbags to an East Elmhurst neighborhood off Astoria Boulevard, where President Joe Biden visited in September in the wake of severe flooding from Ida. City workers spent part of Monday clearing drains with the aim of preventing the same type of widespread flooding that led to 11 deaths in basement apartments across the city during the September storm.
The MTA had already adopted a plan for the subway system, sending hundreds of crews to more than 50 stations Monday afternoon to begin the process of preventing potential flooding. These crews cover vents, close valves, clear collection basins and ensure all water pumps and pump trains are ready to handle rainwater, the agency said.
Some of the wind and a few sprinkles may continue until early Wednesday, but most of Wednesday and Thursday should be dry.
Another ugly weather system emerges on Friday, with the system now affecting the west coast with heavy rain and wild winds hitting the east coast.
Some showers may also persist through Saturday, but the weather looks set for Halloween, with partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 60s.
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