By The Time System Moves Out 5 Inches Possible In PartsBy Sean Adams

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Wet weather continued to push through New York City and the rest of the Tri-State Area on Wednesday night, bringing the potential for flooding and a strain on the morning commute.

The rain totals have been quite significant.  Central Park saw 1.48 inches through 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 3.31 inches since Sunday.  In an average May — which is typically the wettest month of the year — about 4.69 inches of rain can be expected through the entire month.

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It was also a record-setting day in Newark, N.J., where 1.73 inches as of early evening broke the old record of 1.51 inches for daily maximum rainfall.

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Up to five inches of rain is possible in some areas, including New York City, by the time the systems move out of the area this weekend.

The heaviest rain was expected to move out of the area Wednesday night.  During the overnight hours, precipitation was to be heaviest east, north and west of New York City.

The low pressure system will become weaker and weaker before leaving the area and giving way to a pleasant weekend.

Meanwhile, Tri-State Area residents in flood-prone areas showed concern as intermittent downpours and heavy rain soaked the region.

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Long Island is just one of the coastal areas that was on edge due to flood watches and warnings, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reports.

Residents and business owners in Freeport were watching the tides very closely throughout Wednesday, as it is always one of the most vulnerable areas to flooding in Nassau County.

Some areas have seen more than two inches of rain. Places like Huntington saw some minor flooding Wednesday morning.

Other areas in the danger zone include Babylon, Lindenhurst, Plainview, and Farmingdale.

Meanwhile, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management issued a statement urging residents to keep a close eye on weather conditions for the next few days.

“Heavy rain can cause flash flooding,” said State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes. “If you are asked to evacuate or take other protective actions, follow the advice of emergency officials.”

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