Rare summer nor’easter expected to bring heavy rain, flash flooding to tri-state area

NEW YORK —An incoming storm is expected to bring heavy rain, whipping winds, and flooding across the tri-state area.

Winds will get strong and gusty as well, reaching speeds over 40 mph. Some areas can see rainfall of 1 to 2 inches.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned New Yorkers to prepare for severe weather starting late Saturday into Sunday.

Heavy rain may cause flash flooding, especially in cases of clogged storm drains, washed out culverts and washed out dirt roads.

"With a warm front moving in this evening, storms may appear quickly and with little notice and I urge New Yorkers to keep a close eye on local weather reports to keep themselves and their families safe," Governor Cuomo said. "All residents, especially those near the coast or in areas at risk of flash flooding, should limit unnecessary travel during heavy rain and have an emergency plan in place ahead of the storm."

There is also a high rip current risk in the afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Periods of thunderstorms and showers are expected to remain through Monday night, the NWS said.

Heading into the workweek, a blocking pattern where broad area of high pressure off the coast will cause a traffic jam of sorts.

As a result, a disturbance to the west will bring the risk of showers and thunderstorms especially during the afternoon with hot and humid temperatures.

How to prepare for flooding and severe weather:

  • Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Develop and practice a 'family escape' plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Stockpile emergency supplies of canned food, medicine and first aid supplies and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency water-proofing
  • Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
    • First aid kit and manual
    • Emergency food and water
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Essential medicines
    • Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards

PIX11 News' Mr. G, Andrew Cruz and Craig Allen contributed to this report.

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