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Heavy downpours drench tri-state, cause minor flooding

NEW YORK — Heavy downpours drenched the tri-state area Friday, leaving significant rainfall and flooding in some areas.

Heavy rains caused flooding on the 86th Street Transverse on July 7, 2017. (Twitter/ @FedHillGal)

More than an inch of rain fell across NYC, with totals of 1.90 inches at LaGuardia Airport, 1.48 inches at John F. Kennedy International Airport and 1.54 inches at Central Park, according to the National Weather Service.

In New Jersey, as much as 2.28 inches was recorded in Bergen County's Oakland area, and 1.63 inches in Newark.

A misty morning turned into a wet early afternoon with heavy rainfall, and 1 to 1.5 inches per hour in some areas.

Downpours were initially forecast to strike the city during the morning rush-hour commute, but the light mist lingered through much of the morning.

Flooding caused a temporarily closure of the 86th Street Transverse Road, where a crosstown bus became trapped and flooded. Images on Twitter showed water inside the bus.

The weather service reminds motorists most flood deaths occur in vehicles, and drivers should never attempt to cross a flooded area.

A flood advisory was initially issued for Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx; southern Westchester, Richmond and Kings counties in New York; Hudson and southeastern Union counties in New Jersey; and southern Fairfield County in southern Connecticut. By 2 p.m., it only remained in effect for Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties.

A flood warning is in place for New York's Rockland County, and in New Jersey, eastern Passaic, northern Bergen, northern Westchester, Morris, northern Hunterdon, southern Sussex and Warren counties until 12:15 p.m., where 2 to 3 inches of rain has already fell in some areas. Some locations were previously under a flood advisory.

High temperatures in the city will hit 79, and mid 70s in the suburbs. Overnight, expect a slight cooling, with a low of 70 in the city, and mid 60s in the suburbs.

Saturday will start off mostly sunny, with a chance of a scattered shower or thunderstorm developing in the afternoon. Temperatures will feel closer to normal, with a high of 87 in the city, and upper 80s in the suburbs.

If you’re hoping for the perfect day outside this weekend, Sunday is your best bet. It will be mostly sunny and pleasant, as high pressure will center itself over the region. The high temperature will be 83 in the city, and mid 80s in the suburbs.

 

Clear, sunny weather continues into next week, with Monday expected to see pleasant highs of 84 in the city, and mid 80s in the suburbs.

Showers will once again develop Tuesday, and highs will be 86 in the city, and mid 80s in the suburbs.

Rain with the possibility of thunderstorms could strike Wednesday afternoon, as another cold front passes through the region. The high temperature will be 85 in the city, and mid 80s in the suburbs.