The Northeast’s mild fall may be coming to an end Sunday as a coastal storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds, especially to New York and New England.
The National Weather Service has issued multiple watches and warnings for the northern East Coast in a swath ranging from Washington, D.C., to Boston. Coastal areas could see wind gusts of up to 65 mph, the NWS said. The Northeast has enjoyed a particularly mild fall, and many trees still have all their leaves.
“Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with winds of this magnitude, especially given trees remain fully leaved,” the NWS said. “Power outages are likely. Take action to secure loose outdoor objects.”
Large portions of the forecast area, including northern Connecticut and Rhode Island, are also under a flash-flood watch, with moderate to heavy rain predicted at times. The NWS said localized urban flooding could occur, and gale warnings were also in effect for the Chesapeake Bay area for Sunday night through Monday morning.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s Emergency Operations and Watch Centers will be operating and agency officials have been preparing for possible floods by clearing culverts and debris.
“I urge New Yorkers to stay tuned to local weather forecasts and plan their travel accordingly to avoid potentially flooded roads and downed wires,” Cuomo said in a statement. “State agencies have taken precautionary measures to prepare for this weekend’s storm and keep communities safe no matter what Mother Nature sends our way.”
Tropical Storm Phillipe, which is currently bringing heavy rain and wind to Florida and the south, will help power the Northeast storm by combining its warm, wet air with a cold front dropping north out of Canada, forecasters said.
The National Hurricane Center said Saturday night the storm was located 75 miles southwest of the Florida Keys and was moving toward the north at 28 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph.
Contributing: Christopher J. Eberhart, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News
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