New York City officials warned travelers to prepare for altered travel conditions as a powerful storm was expected to hit the area with high winds and significant flooding starting Sunday and lasting into Monday.
The National Weather Service said a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico was moving toward the East Coast and could bring two to three inches of rain to New York City and northeastern New Jersey. Some areas could receive up to four inches of rain, the Weather Service said.
Downpours were also forecast in areas east of I-95 in Washington and Baltimore, the Weather Service said, and flooding. watches were issued for those areas. The Allegheny Mountains could receive more than six inches of snow, which could make travel difficult, forecasters said.
The storm is forecast to produce severe thunderstorms over the eastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina coasts through Monday morning, the Weather Prediction Center said. Storms could cause frequent lightning and gusts of wind.
Along the New York coast, flooding with up to two and a half feet of flooding and sustained winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts of 55 to 60 mph, could damage power lines and down trees, the Weather Service said. .
“If you have loose items outside, now is a good time to secure them, before the winds start,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a news release Saturday. “People living in low-lying, poorly drained areas should take extra precautions.”
Authorities said flooding could damage vehicles and cause road closures. They encouraged travelers to take public transportation or plan more time to travel.
Those living in basements were implored to move to higher ground and all residents were advised to download the city's emergency alert app.
The heaviest rain was forecast for the city on Sunday night. Winds were expected to be strongest early to mid-morning on Monday, officials said, with gusts of up to 60 mph hitting Brooklyn and Queens. Waves 12 to 16 feet high could hit the coast, the Weather Service said.
The National Weather Service in New York issued a coastal flood warning from 10 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday for southern Westchester County and several communities in southern Connecticut, including New Haven.
Residents in vulnerable areas should prepare for flooding of up to three feet, according to the warning.
The storm is the second in recent days to hit the East Coast. A week ago, many of the same communities were under similar surveillance and warnings.
“Although the large storm will begin to move away from the northeast on Monday night, its massive circulation will spread across the eastern United States with very stormy conditions,” the Weather Service said.
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