NYC, NJ warned of coastal flooding risk as rain hits tri-state area

NEW JERSEY — There is a potential for flooding in New York City and New Jersey Monday, the National Weather Service warns.

A coastal flood warning remains in effect until midnight for southern Queens and Nassau County, and until 2 p.m. in parts of New Jersey.

People in those areas are warned about the potential for 6- to 8-foot surf as well as rip currents, according to the weather service. There is also a threat of coastal flooding.

A coastal flood advisory also warns of the potential for minor coastal flooding in the five boroughs for much of Monday.

The advisory lasts through midnight for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan, and 1 p.m. for the Bronx, northwestern Suffolk County, and northern Queens and Nassau County.

The warning and advisory are in place as the tri-state area can expect periods of rain, possibly heavy at times. Total rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected over much of New Jersey.

The rain is remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, which moved from the Ohio Valley to the Lower Great Lakes Sunday night into Monday.

Other than the wet weather, the tri-state area can expect unseasonably low temperatures Monday with highs of 63 in the city and low 60s in the suburbs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged caution over the expected heavy rainfall, which could continue through the evening.

“With more heavy rain forecast for areas already impacted by last month’s flash flooding, it is critical that residents take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe,” Cuomo said. “Personnel across the state stand ready to assist with equipment and supplies should the heavy rain cause damage or any emergency situations.”

As Gordon weakens, Hurricane Florence is gaining strength as is moves toward the East Coast, potentially striking on Thursday.

Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina already are on alert as Hurricane Florence threatens to hit the states as a Category 3 storm or higher. As for the tri-state, it is still too early to report if the area will experience major effects or flooding from the hurricane, as its path after Thursday remains unclear.

PIX11's Joseph Punday contributed to this report