Heavy Rainfall Prompts Flood Watch in Tri-State Area
The tri-state area is facing another round of heavy rain, just as it was beginning to dry out from a four-day soaking last weekend. Weather forecasts are sounding the alarm, predicting more precipitation, with some areas expecting over 5 inches of rain. Here’s what you need to know:
Flood Watch in Effect: A flood watch has been issued for the entire tri-state area, extending until 6 a.m. on Saturday. Rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are expected at times, and most regions can anticipate receiving at least 2-4 inches of rain, with some areas possibly getting drenched with 5-8 inches before the storms pass.
Flash Flood Warnings: Flash flood warnings have been issued for numerous areas, including much of New York City, surrounding New Jersey counties, the Hudson Valley, and Connecticut until 12:30 p.m. These warnings signify the imminent threat of flash flooding due to heavy rain.
Timing and Impact: Heavy rain and even thunder are possible during the morning commute, becoming more widespread throughout the afternoon and evening. The ground is already saturated due to the remnants of Ophelia, making flooding likely in many parts of the tri-state area.
Rainfall Projections: The New York City area, including the five boroughs, is expected to receive 2-4 inches of rain on average. However, some areas might see even more, such as parts of Ocean and Monmouth counties along the Jersey Shore and isolated spots in the Hudson Valley, where 4-8 inches could fall. Some areas, like eastern Long Island and parts of New Jersey, may see lower amounts, around 1-2 inches.
MTA Preparations: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is taking precautions for the storm. While Chairman Janno Lieber assured that the transit system would continue operating, he noted that interruptions might occur in flood-prone areas. Additional staffing will be deployed for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to address any issues. Bridge closures are possible, depending on the weather conditions.
Coastal Concerns: Coastal zones, especially the Jersey Shore, are at risk again. Strong winds, rough surf, and higher high tides have been a constant challenge. Minor coastal flooding is expected, exacerbated by a full moon, which can affect tide levels. Rough surf will also contribute to beach erosion.
Severe Storms Unlikely: The good news is that severe storms with damaging wind, hail, or tornadoes are not expected. The primary concern is heavy rain.
NYC Travel Advisory: The New York City Emergency Management Department has issued a travel advisory for all of Friday and Saturday morning. Commissioner Zach Iscol urged caution, recommending the use of public transportation and allowing for extra travel time if necessary. Drivers are warned not to enter flooded roadways. Residents in basement apartments, particularly in flood-prone areas, should be prepared to move to higher ground.
City Preparations: New York City has enacted its flash flood plan, with crews inspecting catch basins and roads in flood-prone areas to mitigate potential issues.
As the rain continues, residents in the tri-state area are urged to stay informed and take necessary precautions to stay safe.