NEW YORK (PIX11) – Tropical Storm Ophelia blew into New York City on Saturday, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to parts of the tri-state area.
Ophelia made landfall in the Carolinas Saturday morning. The storm was expected to track northward into the Mid-Atlantic, where it will turn into a post-tropical cyclone.
New York City will receive 2 to 3 inches of rain throughout the weekend, with long durations of rainfall at times, the National Weather Service said.
Steady light to moderate rain began Saturday morning and will continue into Sunday night. The bulk of the rain will occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, with lingering showers possible into Monday.
Minor coastal flooding is possible during several high tides Saturday afternoon into Sunday, along with a high risk of life-threatening rip currents, large breaking waves, and rough surf at Atlantic-facing beaches.
Wind speeds of 25 to 30 mph are expected, with 40 mph gusts along coastal locations happening from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
“New Yorkers should take precautions regarding the forecast for high winds and rain during our first fall weekend,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol. “This weekend’s weather is also a reminder that we are still in the middle of Atlantic Hurricane season and it is a great time to review your preparedness plan for your home or business, especially if you live in flood-prone areas.”
PSEG Long Island is also preparing for heavy rain and gusty winds to impact Long Island and the Rockaways Saturday morning through Sunday, warning that the storm has the potential to topple trees, bring down branches on wires and cause outages.
Down the Jersey Shore, there may be wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph at times, as the remnants of Ophelia make their way up toward the New York City area.
Finn Hoogensen is a digital journalist who has covered local news for more than five years. He has been with PIX11 News since 2022. See more of his work here.