Flash Flood, Tornado Risks Return to Battered Tri-State; Hurricane Larry to Bring Dangerous Surf
Hurricane Larry, still a Category 3 storm, will stay out of the Atlantic but it’ll generate significant swells that will begin reaching the East Coast Wednesday, causing dangerous surf and rip current conditions
What to Know
- Showers and storms are expected to move in Wednesday night into Thursday and some storms could turn severe, producing damaging winds, locally heavy downpours and possibly a tornado or two
- New York City could see another inch of rain from this upcoming system, while points north and west could see up to 3 inches; lesser amounts are expected for New Jersey
- Hurricane Larry, still a Category 3 storm, will stay out of the Atlantic but it’ll generate significant swells that will begin reaching the East Coast Wednesday, causing dangerous surf and rip current conditions
The devastating toll of Ida continues to mount across the tri-state area, which is looking at renewed threats of potentially severe weather, including flash floods and isolated tornadoes, on Wednesday, according to Storm Team 4.
An approaching cold front is expected to trigger some showers and thunderstorms by mid-to-late afternoon. A few severe storms could produce damaging winds and locally heavy downpours while flash flooding also remains a concern, especially for those still drying out from Ida’s record-breaking rainfall last week.
An isolated tornado or two can’t be ruled out either, especially west of the city.
Most spots will see an inch of rain or less, including New York City, but with the ground already 99% saturated across much of the tri-state area, any downpours that emerge, however brief or isolated, could easily lead to flash flooding.
Photos: Flash Flood, Tornado Risks Return to Tri-State Wednesday as Severe Storms Threaten
Flash flood watches have been issued for New Jersey’s Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Sussex, Somerset, Union and Warren counties, as well as New York’s Orange, Rockland and Sullivan counties, through early Thursday. Check the latest severe weather alerts for your neighborhood here.
New Jersey is expected to get less rainfall than parts of New York from this system, but any additional water could be problematic. Flood warnings are still in effect around parts of the Passaic River even as the waters recede.
Gov. Phil Murphy reminded the people of his state to stay safe ahead of the storms.
Showers are expected to linger into Thursday morning but will taper off, kicking off another gorgeous stretch of sunny weather in the high 70s to low 80s that will stay through the weekend.
Hurricane Larry, meanwhile, a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph as of the National Hurricane Center’s latest update, is forecast to stay out of the Atlantic but will still impact tri-state coastal areas significantly.
Significant swells from Larry will begin reaching the U.S. East Coast Wednesday and continue affecting those shores through the end of the week. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, NHC says.
Scientists say climate change increases the frequency of extreme weather events, including large tropical storms that swirl into powerful hurricanes. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out a new severe weather plan Friday that he says will help the five boroughs better prepare to combat such increasingly frequent disasters.
At this point, de Blasio says Wednesday night’s forecast doesn’t appear to carry too drastic an impact but he pledged to continue closely monitoring the weather data and to notify New Yorkers should anything change in the forecast.
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