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.
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.
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