NEW YORK (PIX11) – A coastal storm is underway Friday and it’s bringing heavy downpours to the tri-state area. Major flooding is currently impacting traffic all over the area, particularly across the five boroughs in New York City.
Flash flood warnings are in place for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx for most of the afternoon.
The National Weather Service is warning that these floods could be life-threatening. Officials are urging everyone to stay home if they can.
Between 3 to 6 inches of rain has already fallen in New York City as of 1 p.m., forecasters said. The city could be seeing another 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.
Travel disruptions have been reported all over the tri-state area. Mass transit is also being affected in New York City due to major flooding. Showers will likely linger through mid-day Saturday.
OEM Commissioner Zachary Iscol said the National Weather Service is on-site in the city to provide real-time weather updates.
So far, 8.35 inches of rain has fallen at Central Park this month.
This coastal storm could break into the top 10 for the wettest September on record. Throughout the morning and afternoon, rain continued to batter Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs.
“Parts of Queens and Nassau County have been hit with more than 7 inches of rain,” PIX11 News meteorologist Chris Cimino said. “That’s what some places get in an average of two months.”
Rain is expected to continue in New York City, Westchester and the Hudson Valley until Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, the weather is expected to clear up and warm up.