Title: New York City Braces for High-Impact Flood Event, National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning
New York City: The city is preparing for a high-impact flood event as the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Level 3 of 4 “moderate” risk for flash flooding. The upcoming rainfall, predicted to peak on Friday and Friday night, could lead to serious flash flooding on roads and in subway stations, with intense rainfall rates of over 1 inch per hour expected.
The NWS has warned that the worst rain is expected to hit areas from central New Jersey through Manhattan, Long Island, southern Connecticut, and the Hudson Valley. Widespread rainfall totals between 2 and 4 inches are anticipated, with some areas even possibly receiving up to 8 inches of rain. The saturated ground from recent heavy rainfall has raised concerns about basement flooding.
In response to these potential hazards, New York City Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory and has alerted residents to potentially widespread travel impacts during the morning commute. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise caution due to the risk of flash flooding.
The situation may be exacerbated by the coinciding occurrence of a supermoon, which could create more extreme tidal cycles and exacerbate coastal flooding along the East Coast. Coastal flood advisories are already in place, with up to one foot of inundation above ground level expected in some areas.
In addition to the flood risks, rip currents and high surf are also a concern. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 76 deaths from rip currents have been reported this year, making it imperative for beachgoers to exercise caution.
The rainfall is expected to continue into Saturday before finally exiting the region. However, officials remain vigilant as more rain could worsen an already dangerous situation.
Local authorities are urging residents to stay informed about the latest weather updates and to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
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