The New York City Emergency Administration issued a travel advisory in effect from Thursday, September 23 to Friday, September 24. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast across the city from Thursday afternoon through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Some of the storms could produce gusts of wind and heavy rain. Peak rainfall rates are forecast to potentially reach 1 inch per hour. The highest chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms is from 6 p.m. Thursday through 2 a.m. Friday.
There is also the possibility of 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts during periods of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. A total of 1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall is expected with locally higher amounts possible.
The National Weather Service has also issued a flash flood watch for New York City from 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 until 8 a.m. on Friday, September 24. A flash flood watch is issued for New York City when there is a forecast of 1 inch of rain per hour for a full hour.
“The city is still working towards the devastation of Ida and we want to make sure New Yorkers are ready. New Yorkers should prepare for potential thunderstorms that can cause strong gusts of wind and moderate rainfall,” said the Commissioner of Emergency Management of New York City, John Scrivani. “New Yorkers should take proper travel precautions and precautions if they must move through the city during the storm.”
The Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Sanitation deployed crews to clear debris in the watersheds and to inspect roads.