New York Could Get A Month's Worth Of Rain By Thursday As Ida Arrives


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The remnants of the storm that bashed Louisiana this past weekend have arrived in the Tri-State area, expected to bring high winds, isolated tornadoes and floods with as much as a month's worth of rain expected to fall Wednesday into Thursday.

Hurricane Ida is blamed for at least four deaths and knocked out power to the entire city of New Orleans. It made landfall in Louisiana as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to directly hit the continental United States, leaving more than 1 million people in a blackout.

Days after its strength began to wane, what's left of Ida is still a threat.

Central Park typically gets 4.31 inches of rain during the entire month of September. But forecasters expect the storm to dump 3 to 5 inches of rain on New York City and parts of New Jersey. Flash flooding is possible, along with damaging wind gusts.

Wednesday late-afternoon through early-Thursday morning will be the worst of the storm, with isolated tornadoes a possibility.

With the combination of heavy rain, flash flooding and winds, power outages are possible in some areas.

Scattered showers arrived in the Tri-State area early-Wednesday morning. The worst of the rain and thunderstorms are expected to arrive in time for the evening rush. Rain is expected to continue into Thursday.

Flash flood watches are in effect for most of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and eastern New England.

A coastal flood advisory has been issued for eastern Suffolk County this evening.

The record for single-day September rainfall in New York City was 8.28 inches, going back to 1882.

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