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Nasty Nor’easter Blasts Tri-State With Torrential Rain, Raging Winds

What to Know

  • A nor'easter pummeling the tri-state with heavy rain and strong wind gusts, knocking down trees and flooding streets
  • Most of the region got between 0.5 inch and 2 inches of rain; most of the flooding was due to coastal flooding
  • Light rain was expected to keep falling through the evening

A powerful nor'easter downed trees and flooded streets from the FDR Drive to the Jersey Shore on Saturday as it washed out weekend plans. 

One crewmember fell overboard from a container ship in the rough sea in New York's Ambrose Channel, the Coast Guard said. Rescuers were searching for the 35-year-old man who wasn't wearing a life jacket. 

Most of the region got between 0.5 inches and 2 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said. Light rain was expected to continue through the evening. 

Trees were down across the region and driving conditions had deteriorated for most of the day. Hail was reported in New Haven, Connecticut. 

As the rain tapered off, most of the flooding was due to coastal flooding. Streets were submerged in water in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Island Park, Long Island, and Point Pleasant, New Jersey, among other places. 

The FDR was flooded from 80th Street to 96th Street. All northbound lanes were closed due to tidal flooding. 

The LIRR's Long Beach Branch was suspended in both directions due to flooding on the tracks. 

Freeport had reached major flood stage with tide levels at 7.1 feet, according to the National Weather Service. 

Storm Team 4 Breaks Down Weekend Nor'easter

Most of the region dealt with strong wind, including a wind gust of 59 mph recorded in Seaside Heights on the Jersey Shore.

Power outages were spotty but numbered at more than 8,000 around the region. Nearly half of the power outages were on Long Island. 

Races were canceled at Belmont Park in Elmont on Saturday due to the storm. 

Three kayakers were rescued late Friday from the water off Point Lookout, Nassau County police said. The tide was getting rough and one of the kayaks started taking on water and flipped, police said. In the panic, a kayaker pulled one of his friends into the water, police said. 

All three men were able to climb onto a dock where they were rescued. 

The wet weather should taper off Saturday night and completely move out by Sunday morning. The weekend ends on a drier, albeit breezy, note, with clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine and highs expected in the mid-to-low 50s.

A few showers are possible Monday, but by the time November rolls around Thursday temperatures will shoot back up into the 60s, Storm Team 4 says. 

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