NEW YORK — The tri-state area was inundated with pounding rainfall and gusty winds Monday, prompting a flash flood warning for much of the area.
Those headed to work or school likely experienced a deluge in the morning. Umbrellas were ineffective for many trying to protect themselves from the storm, as sustained winds of 18 to 20 mph, and gusts of 25 to 39, forced the rain sideways.
So when will it all end?
Early Monday: An inch to an inch and a half of rain fell in parts of the tri-state area as of 7:18 a.m., and additional rainfall amounts of an inch to 2 inches are still possible, according to the National Weather Service
7:20 a.m.: That's when the weather service issued a flash flood warning, meaning flooding is imminent or already occurring. The warning was issued for NYC; Orange, Richmond, Kings and Rockland counties in southeastern New York; and Hudson, Passaic, Union, Bergen and Essex counties in northeastern New Jersey.
The warning advises people to avoid walking or driving through flood waters, and move immediately to higher ground when necessary. Those living near creeks or streams should take immediate precautions to protect their lives and property, according to the weather service.
Images on social media show flooded, seemingly impassable roadways, and indoor subway stations that almost appear outdoors as water poured from the ceiling and down staircases.
11:15 a.m.: That's when the flash flood warning was initially expected to end, but NYC was in the thick of the storm at this time, prompting the warning to be extended through 2:15 p.m.
12:30 p.m.: The weather service says rain will begin to taper off from south to north around 12:30 p.m. Eastern and far northern sections will continue to see moderate to heavy rain for several hours, but most areas will be done with heavy rain by 3 p.m.
2:15 p.m.: This is when the extended flash flood warning is scheduled to end.
2:15 p.m. through the evening commute: Scattered showers are still possible. In addition, wet and flooded roadways will continue to be a problem for commuters.
The evening commute: While scattered showers are still possible, this is when the storm is expected to clear the tri-state area.
Overnight: We can anticipate a brief clearing before another round of scattered showers on Tuesday — though Round 2 will be nothing like Monday's downpours.
Highs should reach 60 degrees in the city Monday before a cooling overnight. Highs Tuesday will be 51 degrees.