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Workers tend to a split tree that downed power lines in Yorktown Heights on September 29, 2010.

Workers tend to a split tree that downed power lines in Yorktown Heights on September 29, 2010.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Heavy rain and high winds are expected to wreak havoc across the Tri-State Area into Friday as remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole make a mess up and down the East Coast.

The storm has already turned deadly in North Carolina, where officials said four people were killed Thursday when the vehicle they were riding in skidded off a rain-slicked road and tumbled into a ditch filled with water.

A flood watch has been extended for most of the Tri-State Area through late Friday evening and high wind warnings are in effect until Friday morning.

AccuWeather says the area will be hit with rain, expected to be heavy at times, along with a thunderstorm or two that could result in flooding.  Winds are expected to gust near 50 mph in the city and 60 mph on Long Island and the Jersey Shore.  The rain is expected to taper off Friday afternoon.

CBS 2 meteorologist Elise Finch said the high winds could equal downed trees and power lines.

Rainfall totals of 2 to 6 inches are possible. Heavy rain fell across the area as a warm front pushed through Thursday morning before calming down for a bit.

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Midday Friday will be marked by heavy rain into the Hudson Valley, New York City and along the Jersey shore.

“We’ll get ready for better weather Friday evening and Saturday morning,” said CBS 2 meteorologist John  Elliott. “But by then, a lot of damage could have been done.”

“Tomorrow is the day we have to get through,” Finch said.

There is a tornado watch well south of our area, though it speaks to the level of wicked weather the Tri-State may experience, Elliott explained.

Still reeling from the storms that tore through the area two weeks ago, the Office of Emergency Management is warning New Yorkers to brace themselves for another hit.

“We have another serious set of storms forecast to go through our area that will bring heavy rain and winds as high as 60 mph,” commissioner Joseph Bruno said.

Delays of two to four hours were being reported at local airports.  Passengers are being encouraged to call their airlines before heading to the airports.

WEATHER ALERTS:

Areal Flood Watch in CT – Northern Fairfield , Northern Middlesex , Northern New Haven , Northern New London , Southern Fairfield , Southern Middlesex , Southern New Haven , Southern New London

High Wind Warning in CT – Northern Fairfield , Northern Middlesex , Northern New Haven , Northern New London , Southern Fairfield , Southern Middlesex , Southern New Haven , Southern New London

High Surf Advisory, Areal Flood Watch in NJ – Coastal Ocean , Eastern Monmouth

Coastal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch in NJ – Northwestern Burlington

Areal Flood Watch in NJ - Bergen , Eastern Passaic , Essex , Hudson , Hunterdon , Mercer , Middlesex , Morris , Ocean , Somerset , Southeastern Burlington , Sussex , Union , Warren , Western Monmouth , Western Passaic

Wind Advisory in NJ – Coastal Ocean , Eastern Monmouth , Hunterdon , Mercer , Middlesex , Morris , Northwestern Burlington , Ocean , Somerset , Southeastern Burlington , Western Monmouth , Western Passaic

High Wind Warning in NJ – Bergen , Eastern Passaic , Essex , Hudson , Union

Areal Flood Warning – Delaware

Flood Warning – Sullivan

High Surf Advisory, Areal Flood Watch – Kings (Brooklyn) , Nassau , Queens , Southeast Suffolk , Southwest Suffolk

Areal Flood Watch – Bronx , Eastern Columbia , Eastern Dutchess , Eastern Ulster , New York (Manhattan) , Northeast Suffolk , Northern Westchester , Northwest Suffolk , Orange , Putnam , Richmond (Staten Is.) , Rockland , Southern Westchester , Western Dutchess , Western Ulster

Areal Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory – Delaware , Sullivan

Wind Advisory – Eastern Ulster , Orange , Western Dutchess , Western Ulster

High Wind Warning – Bronx , Eastern Columbia , Eastern Dutchess , Kings (Brooklyn) , Nassau , New York (Manhattan) , Northeast Suffolk , Northern Westchester , Northwest Suffolk , Putnam , Queens , Richmond (Staten Is.) , Rockland , Southeast Suffolk , Southern Westchester , Southwest Suffolk

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