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Flash floods eyed in NYC as Hurricane Nicole remnants bring heavy rain, wind

By 11/11/2022 5:02 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

The aftermath of Hurricane Nicole could cause major chaos in the Big Apple late on Friday or early on Saturday.

As it moves up the East Coast, the storm, which made landfall on Florida’s east coast Thursday morning as a rare November hurricane, has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

State and municipal authorities are urging New Yorkers to remain on high alert as the remains of the storm Friday combine with an impending front.

While an upgraded forecast indicates that “the worst of the storm will not pass over New York City,” Mayor Adams stated Friday afternoon that city officials must be watchful as they continue to monitor the system.

“Our teams have also spent the week cleaning catch basins to reduce potential flooding. We expect rain to continue this afternoon through the night and into Saturday morning. I encourage New Yorkers to sign up for Notify NYC alerts to receive the latest updates,” he added.

In a statement released on Thursday, Governor Hochul warned that “beginning Friday night, a late-season weather system has the potential to drop three inches or more of rain in some regions, and I urge all New Yorkers to become ready in case of a flooding emergency.”

She continued, “If you expect to travel on Friday or Saturday, please use caution and verify the local weather forecast before leaving.”

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, windy conditions have already impacted flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport, which is currently operating with a 63-minute departure delay.

Around midday on Friday, showers began, and until Saturday morning, the New York City region may expect 1 to 1.5 inches of rain.

Although there is a minimal general risk of flash floods, city officials say that isolated flash floods are conceivable.

On Friday evening, thunderstorms are conceivable, and winds ought to increase in speed from about 9 p.m. until nine in the morning.

On Saturday, wind gusts of up to 45 mph are possible, with average wind speeds of about 25 mph.

According to officials, there may be minor coastal flooding on Saturday morning.

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