New York City was slammed with torrential rain on Tuesday as a powerful nor’easter moved up the Eastern seaboard.
City streets throughout the five boroughs were already flooded Tuesday morning, stopping cars in their tracks, and making for a messy commute.
Flood advisories have been issued for much of the city, Long Island and Westchester County. The Long Island and Connecticut shorelines are also under a coastal flood advisory, and a wind advisory has been posted for eastern Long Island.
And in New Jersey, a flash flood watch is in effect until 8pm, with up to six inches of rain possible by the time the storm rolls out early Wednesday.
Some parts of the state had already received more than three inches by 7am, according to NJ.com, and the National Weather Service warned New Yorkers to be cautious, with two inches of rain possible each hour.
‘The exact location and movement of a slow-moving band of heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms through this afternoon will determine whether and where a swath of five to six inches of rainfall falls,’ the National Weather Service’s New York office warned Tuesday morning.
Coastal areas will see the most flooding, according to the National Weather Service, and there is a chance of wind gusts as high as 25 to 35mph along the Jersey Shore later tonight.
Cars were left stuck in the flood water in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Tuesday as heavy rain hit the city
An NYPD officer spoke to a New Jersey motorist as his car was stuck in Brooklyn on Tuesday
A man was seen trying to bicycle through several inches of rain amid the flash flood warnings
A man sat outside his truck as he was unable to move through the Brooklyn streets
A man was seen walking through Bushwick, Brooklyn with an umbrella as the torrential rain poured down
Police had to close off a road where cars were stuck in the flood waters
A man trying to use a CitiBike got swept up in the flood waters in Brooklyn on Tuesday
Nearly 5,000 power outages had already been reported throughout New York and New Jersey as of 7.30am, according to PIX 11 News, and MTA crews were working to clear drains and check pumps to ensure subways are not flooded.
Transit leaders have also deployed teams to 50 key locations, including in Uptown Manhattan and the Bronx, which saw some of the worst flooding when Hurricane Ida passed through the area over the summer.
The MTA did not report any service delays or cancelations on Tuesday morning, but still, videos posted to social media showed water pouring through the Fulton Street Station in Lower Manhattan.
Those with scheduled flights have also been advised to check their airlines and flights to see if there are any delays or cancellations.
As of Tuesday morning, LaGuardia airport had reported 14 flight cancelations over the last 24 hours, Newark Airport reported 32 cancelations and John F. Kennedy International Airport reported nine cancelations.
The storm is expected to ease up Tuesday afternoon, when some dry stretches could begin moving into South Jersey.
Cars skidded through flooded waters on Union Turnpike in Queens on Tuesday morning
Traffic on Union Turnpike built up on Tuesday morning as people tried to get to work in the storm
Women were seen getting onto an MTA bus on Tuesday morning, as service remained normal
People with umbrellas walked in the rain and steam in Manhattan on Tuesday morning
A person with an umbrella was seen trying to protect herself from the heavy rains
A woman used an umbrella to shield her face from the rain and the wind
A tree fell on a car early Tuesday morning due to strong winds in Jackson Heights, Queens
New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared states of emergency on Monday ahead of the storm, which is expected to dump an inch of water an hour.
‘I am proactively declaring a State of Emergency to ensure we can provide the necessary resources to respond to this storm and protect lives and property in regions where the forecast is calling for significant rainfall,’ Hochul announced. ‘I am encouraging New Yorkers to prepare now for inclement weather expected over the coming days and urging commuters to take precaution ahead of heavy rainfall expected tomorrow morning.’
Hochul has ordered emergency response teams to be prepared to respond as 3 to 5 inches of rain are expected to hit over the next couple of days.
The New York City area is forecast to experience intense rain showers and thunderstorms along with gusty winds through Tuesday, according to a special weather statement released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Murphy also declared a state of emergency for the state starting at 8pm on Monday.
‘The anticipated Nor’easter storm is forecasted to bring significant flash flooding, coastal flooding, and wind gusts across New Jersey,’ Murphy said. ‘Residents should stay off the roads, remain vigilant, and follow all safety protocols.’
He is expected to give an update on the storm at around 10am.
Parts of New York City could see up to two to three inches of rain in the storm
A wind advisory has been posted for eastern Long Island, which could see up to 30mph winds in the storm
Both the West Coast (left) and the East Coast (right) are facing heavy rains and devastating winds throughout the week
Connecticut has not issued a state of emergency but flash flood warnings were set for the entire state. Governor Ned Lamont tweeted rainstorm and flash flood safety tips.
The state of Massachusetts issued a severe weather alert and informed their residents of an expected timeline of the storm and its effects.
The first nor’easter of the season, which last between September and April, may escalate to become the third bomb cyclone to hit the US in a week. The storm has been categorized as a nor’easter but may undergo rapid intensification to be upgraded to a bomb cyclone.
A multi-day severe storm currently in the Midwest, where it has impacted more than 50 million people, added to the storm, and will be joined by a second storm, a Nor’easter, forming off the Atlantic coast later this week.
‘Whatever sun you get on Thursday, enjoy it,’ David Roth, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center, told Bloomberg.
While lightning, destructive winds and flash flooding are expected from this storm, tornadoes and large hail are considered unlikely at this point.
The heavy rain expected this evening could impact daily commutes made Tuesday morning. The largest amount of rain is forecasted to fall between midnight to 9 a.m., while three-to-five inches of rain is possible across much of New York City — rain levels the area typically sees in a month.
A flash flood warning was issued for the entire tristate region, including south New Jersey, Connecticut and all five boroughs of New York City. A wind advisory has also been put in place for parts of Suffolk County starting Tuesday morning.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has pushed a hypervigilant approach to weather over the last month since the devastations made by floods from Hurricane Ida and Henri over the summer. The mayor also asked New Yorkers to stay out of flooded areas when driving, and urged those who live in apartments with basements to be on the lookout for flooding.
Wind gusts are also anticipated for mid-morning Tuesday, approaching 50 mph for parts of Long Island later in the day. However, the wind will gradually fall back Wednesday.
The latest forecast on the coastal system expected to impact the area through Wednesday says most of New York City will be under flash flood warnings. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday for Eastern locations.
Wind gusts are also anticipated for mid-morning Tuesday, approaching 50 mph for most of Long Island, impacting the Hamptons, Quogue, Riverhead, East Moriches and Wading River
Another storm could wreck Halloween plans for some, as a system currently ravaging the West Coast with torrential rains could combine with wild winds in the East Coast and hit the area on Friday.
A massive storm barreled toward Southern California on Monday after flooding highways, toppling trees, cutting power to about 380,000 utility customers and causing rock slides and mud flows in areas burned bare by wildfires across the northern half of the state.
Drenching rains and strong winds accompanied the weekend arrival of an atmospheric river — a long plume of Pacific moisture — into the drought-stricken state.
Rainfall records were shattered and heavy snow pounded high elevations of the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service issued numerous flash flood warnings.
There were widespread power outages in Northern California, with Pacific Gas & Electric reporting Sunday evening that about 130,000 customers did not have electricity, though the utility said power had been restored to about 250,000 customers.
A Category 5 atmospheric river brought heavy precipitation, high winds and power outages to the San Francisco Bay Area. The storm brought more than 3 inches of rain to many parts of the area. Pictured: A pedestrian walks on a flooded street on October 24, 2021, in Kentfield, California
Northern and Central California have seen torrential rain throughout the weekend, as Sacramento was on the receiving end of more than 5 inches of rain on Sunday and San Francisco had 4.02 inches, its fourth highest in records going back to the 1849 Gold Rush year
Flooding was reported across the San Francisco Bay Area, closing streets in Berkeley, inundating Oakland’s Bay Bridge toll plaza and overflowing rivers in Napa and Sonoma counties.
‘It’s been a memorable past 24 hours for the Bay Area as the long talked-about atmospheric river rolled through the region,’ the local weather office said. ‘We literally have gone from fire/drought conditions to flooding in one storm cycle.’
The weather service called preliminary rainfall totals ‘staggering,’ including 11 inches (27.9 centimeters) at the base of Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais and and 4.02 inches (10.2 centimeters) in downtown San Francisco.
‘It looks like [Sunday] was the 4th wettest day ever for downtown SF where records go back to the Gold Rush years,’ the weather service said.
About 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the north, the California Highway Patrol closed a stretch of State Route 70 in Butte and Plumas counties because of multiple landslides within the massive Dixie Fire burn scar.
In the state’s Central Valley, Sacramento got 5.4 inches (13.7 centimeters) of rain, smashing the all-time one-day rainfall record dating to 1880, the weather service said on Monday. Interstate 80, the major highway through the Sierra to Reno, Nevada, was shut down by heavy snow early that morning.
Flooding was reported across the San Francisco Bay Area, closing streets in Berkeley, inundating Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza and overflowing rivers in Napa and Sonoma counties. Pictured: A couple pushes a vehicle away from a flooded area as a powerful storm drenched northern California in Fairfield, California, 45 miles in between Sacramento and San Francisco
Rainfall records were scattered throughout most areas between San Francisco and Sacramento throughout the weekend. Pictured: A minivan sits stranded on a flooded street on October 24, 2021, in San Rafael, California, 28 miles north of San Francisco
The same storm system also slammed Oregon and Washington state, causing power outages that affected tens of thousands of people. Two people were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle in the greater Seattle area.
In California’s Colusa and Yolo counties, state highways 16 and 20 were shut for several miles because of mudslides, the state Department of Transportation said Monday.
Burn areas remain a concern because land devoid of vegetation can’t soak up heavy rainfall as quickly, increasing the likelihood of flash flooding.
‘If you are in the vicinity of a recent burn scar and haven’t already, prepare now for likely debris flows,’ the Sacramento weather service tweeted. ‘If you are told to evacuate by local officials, or you feel threatened, do not hesitate to do so. If it is too late to evacuate, get to higher ground.’
South of San Francisco, evacuation orders were in effect in the Santa Cruz Mountains over concerns that several inches of rain could trigger debris flows in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burn scar when the storm moved through early Monday.
About 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the north of San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol closed a stretch of State Route 70. Pictured: Cars sit in heavy traffic on Highway 101 on October 24, 2021, in Corte Madera, California, 15 miles north of San Francisco
Further south, evacuation warnings for parts of western Santa Barbara County were upgraded to evacuation orders in the area burned by this month’s Alisal Fire.
Officials said mountain areas above 9,000 feet (2,745 meters) in the Sierra Nevada could get 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow or more from Sunday until Monday morning.
Recent storms have helped contain some of the nation’s largest wildfires this year. But it remains to be seen if the wet weather will make a dent in the drought that’s plaguing California and the western United States.
California’s climate is hotter and drier now and that means the rain and snow that does fall is more likely to evaporate and less likely to absorb into the soil.
California’s 2021 water year, which ended September 30, was the second driest on record and last year’s was the fifth driest on record. Some of the state’s most important reservoirs are at record low levels.