A robust coastal storm is heading along the East Coast, bringing intense rainfall and strong winds to the Tri-State area from late Sunday into Monday.
Coastal areas face a risk of significant flooding during Monday’s high-tide cycles, marking the second consecutive weekend with a potent storm on a similar trajectory. This upcoming storm appears more formidable than last week’s, raising concerns for increased wind and flooding. Various watches and warnings have been issued for the Tri-State area and the entire East Coast.
New York City & Mayor Adams have issued a travel advisory, recommending individuals limit travel and stay indoors during the storm’s peak. Travel disruptions are expected, including flooded roads, airline delays, and cancellations.
How much wind & rain will New York City get?
The Tri-State area anticipates 2 to 4 inches of rain, with inland regions expecting more and wind gusts reaching 45 to 60 mph, especially over Long Island and southeastern Connecticut.
NWS has issued a High Wind Watch for Brooklyn and Queens for sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 60 mph. They’ve also published a Wind Advisory for Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx for the same period for 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph.
Both the watch and advisory are in effect from noon to midnight to noon on Monday.
What other areas will be affected by the storm?
Coastal sections, starting with the Jersey Shore on Sunday, face significant flooding concerns due to onshore solid winds pushing Atlantic Ocean seawater ashore, potentially causing up to half a foot of inundation. Long Island’s coastal areas may experience moderate to significantly impactful flooding, with 1.5 to 2.5 feet expected during Monday’s morning and midday high-tide cycles.
Further inland, minor to moderate flooding can occur, including ponding on roads, streets, and highways, particularly near rapidly rising rivers in northeast New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley, significantly if rainfall exceeds 3.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
High winds pose risks of fallen trees and power lines, potentially causing power outages and property damage.
ABC 7 suggests preventive measures, including securing or bringing inside holiday decorations and clearing storm drains of leaves and debris for efficient rain drainage. Stay safe and heed official advisories.