The remnants of the once-powerful category 5 Hurricane Patricia are passing over the tri-state Wednesday, pounding the region with heavy showers and bringing the potential for flooding along the coastlines, Storm Team 4 says.
Waves of light to moderate rain and wind started to make their way over parts of western New Jersey in the morning, rolling into areas across eastern Long Island. The rain intensified Wednesday afternoon as a wave of stronger, windswept storms pushed through the region.
Some communities were seeing downed power lines and power outages. Part of Route 3 westbound in Clifton, New Jersey was in the dark Wednesday evening.
Meteorologists warned of heavy downpours and some localized flooding during the latter wave of storms. By mid-afternoon, mild coastal flooding was seen during high tide on Long Island. Cars in Flushing, Queens, meanwhile, had to navigate waterlogged roads.
Wind gusts could reach 40 to 50 mph, especially in areas with higher elevation to the north and west, as well as the Jersey Shore and Long Island beaches. A thunderstorm or two is likely as the cold front of this system moves through overnight.
Most areas could see between 1 to 3 inches of rain, with the potential for some localized flooding in areas with poor drainage, according to Storm Team 4. Flights at the tri-state's three biggest airports were delayed by up to 3 1/2 hours as authorities navigated the poor weather conditions.
The rain will taper off quickly Thursday as the swirling remnants of Patricia, which at one point had sustained winds of 200 mph before making landfall in western Mexico on Friday, leave the area. Thursday will be breezy with gradually clearing skies and balmy highs in the low 70s.
Friday will be sunny and breezy, but with much cooler temperatures. Highs will climb into the upper 50s.
The weekend looks good with nice weather on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters can expect temperatures in the 50s on Halloween night.
Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon will have a cloudy and cool start, with temperatures starting in the upper 40s. Highs will approach 64 by the afternoon, with a slight chance of a shower late in the day.