New York City will be pummeled with four inches of rain - a prolific amount enough to flood subways and roads - affecting morning and evening commutes
New York City will be pummeled with four inches of rain – a prolific amount enough to flood subways and roads – affecting morning and evening commutes.
Many places in the area have seen drizzle and rain Thursday night, but heavy downpours are set to begin on Friday.
From 2am Friday through 6am Saturday, nonstop rain is expected to impact 25 million people across the New York tri-state area, as the National Weather Service warned a ‘moderate’ risk of flash flooding.
City officials issued a travel advisory starting at 4am Friday through 6am Saturday, warning potential ‘widespread travel impacts’ during the morning commute.
Nonstop rain is expected to impact 25million people across the New York tri-state area from 2am Friday through 6am Saturday
The MTA is also trying to get ahead of the storm as workers started checking storm drains at the 157th Street subway station
‘We urge New Yorkers to prepare for heavy rain and potential flooding throughout Friday and Saturday morning,’ NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said.
‘All New Yorkers need to exercise caution. If you must travel, consider using public transportation and allow for extra travel time, and if you must drive, do not enter flooded roadways,’ he added.
The MTA is also trying to get ahead of the storm as workers started checking storm drains at the 157th Street subway station on Thursday.
Crews have placed equipment at the station, known to flood during heavy rains, so they can help keep trains moving.
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said: ‘No matter what we do, there is going to be water in the subway system … The good news is this system is designed to take water and to pump it out in huge amounts,’
The MTA will monitor conditions and make repairs as needed throughout the storm after activating its 24-hour situation room.
Lieber added in a statement: ‘This is a serious storm, and we’re taking it seriously.’
Even a mere inch of rain could lead to flooding in certain areas of NYC and nearby regions that still remain saturated from last weekend’s storm.
Certain areas of NYC still remain saturated from last weekend’s storm. People walking through the rain in Manhattan last week (pictured)
The downpours are caused by the remains of Tropical Storm Ophelia, experts said
The heaviest rainfall is expected from central New Jersey northward to Manhattan, Long Island, southern Connecticut, and the Hudson Valley.
Neighboring cities like Philadelphia and Boston may receive up to 2 inches of rain.
The potential flood threat can be dangerous for cities like New York, considering how Hurricane Ida drowned 11 including a two-year-old boy in their basement apartments in 2021.
The downpours are occurring due to the remains of Tropical Storm Ophelia with converging winds located just to the north, Fox Weather meteorologist Greg Diamond told The Post.
New Yorkers were warned to prepare to seek higher ground on Sunday as post-tropical cyclone Ophelia continued to hammer the East Coast with wet weather.
Ophelia was a tropical storm at near-hurricane strength when it crashed down near Emerald Isle in North Carolina on September 24.
It knocked out power and flooded coastal streets. States of emergency were declared last week in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.