Ida arrives in NY, NJ: Heavy rain, severe storms Wednesday into Thursday


NEW YORK — The remnants of Ida are bearing down on the region with torrential downpours and the threat of tornadoes. Flash flood watches are in effect, and tornado watches have been issued into the overnight hours. 

Several reports of tornados have been spotted stretching from Maryland to South Jersey and the remnants will of Ida will bring that threat of tornadoes into the city and the surrounding suburbs. As of this evening, a tornado watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday morning. A rarely issued “Tornado Emergency” has been issued for the Trenton area in Central New Jersey, citing imminent danger from a tornado that has been spotted. 

Much of the region is under various flash flood warnings as rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour lead to flooding on area roadways. Torrential downpours will continue into late evening hours before it starts to taper off after 2 a.m. or so. Many areas will see as much as 3 to 5 inches of rain before all is said and done.

Just after 7 p.m., the National Weather Service warned a confirmed tornado in the Burlington area was going to cross into southern Bucks County.

“This storm has had a history of producing tornadic activity,” NWS tweeted around 7:30 p.m. “Remain vigilant and keep an eye on further updates in case a tornado warning is issued for Union County.”

A flash flood warning was issued for the area including Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens until 10 p.m.

The rain will become heavier as the day goes on, with scattered thunderstorms, tropical downpours and damaging winds likely by Wednesday night.

With the ground still recovering from the effects of Henri two weeks ago, it won’t take much rainfall for flooding to make a return for many rivers across northern New Jersey and other areas.

All the heavy rain will cause many rivers in New Jersey to overflow their banks. The Passaic, Raritan and Saddle Rivers will likely climb to major flood stage. Some of these rivers may not crest until Thursday, Friday or beyond after all the runoff occurs. 

New York City Emergency Management Commissioner John Scrivani joined the PIX11 Morning News on Wednesday to speak on how the city is preparing for the storm:

For now, coastal flooding does not seem to be a widespread issue. High tide will occur Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and there will be some high surf that could lead to beach erosion.

Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Sunday into Monday, creating mass power outages and major damage across the state.

Most of Labor Day Weekend looks to be enjoyable, with partly-to-mostly sunny skies.

Only Sunday looks to be an issue, as a disturbance brings the chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Temperatures throughout the weekend will range from the mid-70s to lower 80s. 

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