Elsa moves out after drenching NY, NJ Friday morning; more rain in our future?


NEW YORK — Tropical Storm Elsa brought heavy rain and wind to the tri-state region early Friday before quickly moving northeast and exiting most of our area before lunchtime.

The heaviest showers began in some areas between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday and lasted until around 9 a.m., leaving some minor flooding.

Overall, the morning commute seemed to be mostly okay, despite the drenching downpours. The roads were relatively manageable and public transit only saw minor delays.

While a Tropical Storm Warning and a Flash Flood Warning remained in effect for much of Long Island just before noon Friday, weather in the area was mostly cloudy after hours of pounding rain finally let up.

PIX11’s James Ford was live in Long Beach, Long Island all Friday morning:

Over in New Jersey, ongoing Tropical Storm Warnings that had been in effect for much of the coast were allowed to expire late Friday morning. Much of the state’s pounding showers from the early hours had stopped by 9 or 10 a.m., and a Flash Flood Watch in place for much of the area was set to expire at noon.

Then sun actually came out across the Garden State late Friday morning, which likely made cleanup easier for crews who had yet to fully deal with downed trees and power outages from a series of storms throughout the week.

PIX11’s Katie Corrado was live on the Jersey Shore early Friday morning:

Strong winds

Gusty winds were possible over coastal areas as the storm passed through the region. Elsa at one point Friday morning brought winds gusts up to 50 mph.

Strong winds persisted around noon, with the National Weather Service warning of gusts between 50 and 60 mph for Eastern Long Island through 1:30 p.m.

Over in New Jersey, the National Weather Serviced warned late Friday morning that a high rip current risk remained in effect through Friday evening.

Dangerous rip currents were expected to last throughout the day and into the night along the Jersey coast.

Lastly, Tropical Storm Elsa either caused a number of power outages or made it harder for crews in certain areas to address persisting outages from storms earlier in the week.

Tornado potential

A tornado warning that was issued around 4:41 a.m. Friday for Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey, was allowed to expire less than an hour later at 5:15 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Luckily, the threat of any more tornadoes remained low the remainder of the morning.

See ya, Elsa – But more rain coming?

The fast-moving storm started to see its way out of our area a bit earlier than originally predicted.

By 9 a.m. the rain had stopped over much of New Jersey and some blue sky was even visible on the Jersey Shore. Showers from Elsa over New York City seemed to fizzle out soon after.

While rain hung around a bit longer on Long Island, eventually the percipitation seemed to stop before noon, with cloudy skies lingering.

Unfortunately, the threat of more showers or even another storm is still possible during the latter half of Friday. It all stems from the cold front that brought Elsa up the coastline in the first place. 

Any rain with these afternoon or evening storms could exacerbate any local flooding effects caused by Elsa earlier in the day.

Saturday looks better with partly sunny skies. On Sunday, a few scattered storms could develop in the afternoon as a warm front tries to lift toward the region. 

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