Powerful Storm Eyes Tri-State On Superstorm Sandy’s 5th Anniversary

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A strong storm system dumped heavy rain and brought gusty winds to the Tri-State area Sunday, as the region marked the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

The National Weather Service says the rain should start early Sunday and become more intense as the day goes on. It’s expected to continue throughout the evening before finally ending late Monday morning. 

Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected overall, with another 1 to 2 inches possible in some spots. Forecasters say that could lead to localized flooding in poor drainage areas, and flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of the state.

Winds gusting from 25 mph to 45 mph are expected on Sunday.

“I urge New Yorkers to stay tuned to local weather forecasts and plan their travel accordingly to avoid potentially flooded roads and downed wires,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Saturday. “State agencies have taken precautionary measures to prepare for this weekend’s storm and keep communities safe no matter what Mother Nature sends our way.”

New York City’s Office of Emergency Management Assistant Director Henry Jackson told WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz that flash floods are tricky business.

“It’s hard to tell when it’s going to happen. But we could get rates of an inch an hour or more for an hour, and that can cause flooding in low lying areas with poor drainage,” he said.

Con Edison and PSEG Long Island said extra crews will be available to respond to any downed wires.

Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey shore on Oct. 29, 2012.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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