Just as NYC was finally giving us a break from a relentless four days of rain, we all woke up this morning to our phones buzzing with an emergency alert that we’re currently under a flash flood warning.
Intense rainfall began overnight and has been pounding NYC at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. By 9:45 a.m. today, most of NYC had already surpassed the 4-inch mark, according to NBC, though parts of southern Brooklyn had reached totals of 6.23 inches.
And unfortunately it’s not leaving any time soon.
The stormy weather and heavy rain is expected to stick around through the evening, potentially showering the Tri-State area with up to 7 inches of rain.
As of now, a National Weather Service Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, September 30th. Additionally, the NYC Emergency Management has issued a Travel Advisory due to potential flash flooding.
As of around 10:15 a.m. this morning, Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a State of Emergency across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.
A flash flood “is a dangerous and life-threatening situation,” and when these warnings are in effect it’s suggested you stay put and avoid traveling unless fleeing an area subject to flooding or you’re under an evacuation order.
As long as the rain continues the Northeast could potentially reach historic amounts of rainfall into Saturday morning.
Stay safe everybody!