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New York Braces for Overnight Downpour and Strong Morning Winds

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New York City readies for severe weather with forecasts anticipating substantial flooding and strong 60 mph winds during Monday’s morning commute.

The storm’s impending impact was highlighted by meteorologist Cody Braud, who compared it to a tropical system or a Nor’easter despite the absence of snow and other tropical features. Despite this, the city expects dire repercussions.

Mayor Eric Adams issued cautionary statements, urging residents to avoid commuting by car on Monday as the storm is predicted to unleash its full force, potentially causing significant flooding and power outages.

City officials, including Christina Farrell from the Emergency Management Agency, highlighted specific vulnerable areas such as Rockaway, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, and Broad Channel, expected to face moderate to major flooding.

Preparedness measures are in motion, with inspections of low-lying areas’ drainage infrastructure and close monitoring of shelters, including those housing migrants on Randall’s Island and other sites.

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New York City readies for severe weather with forecasts anticipating substantial flooding and strong 60 mph winds during Monday’s morning commute.

While the storm won’t be excessively severe, the accompanying gusty winds will create an amplified sense of severity, Braud noted. The heaviest rainfall is anticipated at the onset of the morning commute.

In response to the impending weather havoc, the city has suspended alternate-side-parking regulations for Monday. Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol stressed the likelihood of continued coastal flooding even after the storm subsides.

The downpours are expected to taper off by Monday afternoon, but intermittent heavy wind gusts will persist, with temperatures soaring almost 20 degrees above the seasonal average.

Braud highlighted an unusual aspect of the system: the absence of associated snowfall in New York City. However, he mentioned the likelihood of substantial snow showers in Pennsylvania and upstate New York as the system moves and cold air from Canada is drawn down.

New Yorkers are advised to stay vigilant, stay indoors if possible during the storm’s peak, and be cautious of potential hazards even after the rains recede.

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