New York issues travel advisory and urges to prepare – Telemundo New York (47)

Tropical Storm Elsa likely won’t hit New York City directly, but that doesn’t mean the remnants won’t wreak havoc in the region.

City emergency management officials issued a travel advisory for Friday when the storm passes off the coast.

Heavy rains, gusts of wind and a flash flood watch from midnight to 12 p.m. could cause dangerous travel conditions, authorities said.

“The New York City Office of Emergency Management is in contact with the National Weather Service to prepare for the potential impacts of heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Elsa,” said John Scrivani, Emergency Management Commissioner for the city. “The tropical storm has the potential to cause flooding, high winds and property damage as it moves over the city. New Yorkers should take the time to prepare and take proper precautions if they must travel through the city during the storm.”

Severe weather conditions will be the last New York City will face this week.

A severe storm watch for the city was issued Thursday afternoon, effective until 9 p.m. and focuses on a storm over New York Harbor.

“This is a strong electrical storm that will likely produce winds of around 30 knots and could pose a serious danger to boaters,” the advisory says.

The effects of Tropical Storm Elsa will likely be felt as of 2 a.m. Friday, Emergency Management officials said. The heaviest rain is expected by then and will continue until mid-morning on Friday, with about 2 to 3 inches expected.

“Gusty winds are also in the forecast with sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph along the immediate coast,” Emergency Management said in a statement Thursday. “There may be some strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon before Elsa arrives and again tomorrow afternoon after Elsa has passed.”

New Yorkers are urged to prepare for potential floods, power outages, and wind.

You can get updates from the city by signing up for Notify NYC, calling 311, visiting NYC.gov/NotifyNYC, or following @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

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