New Yorkers should prepare for potential flash flooding Saturday night into Sunday
Heavy rainfall has the potential to cause flash flooding, especially in cases of urban street flooding, clogged storm drains, washed out culverts and washed out dirt road roads.
Gale conditions are likely on ocean waters in the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic coastal waters as easterly winds strengthen throughout the day on Saturday, which will result in rough conditions and waves in the eight to twelve-foot range. A gale watch is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday morning.
Rain will affect most of the state Saturday evening into Sunday, with a severe thunderstorm and flash flood threat from the Albany area south to the New York City and Long Island Regions, with rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches expected.
If heavy rain occurs during the times of high tide Sunday morning, it could result in localized flash flooding.
Water levels may touch minor flood thresholds in a few spots along the south shore bays of western Long Island and along western Long Island Sound during the times of high tide early Sunday morning.
Residents in the affected areas should stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest weather forecast.
At the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's direction, New York State has recently improved the NY-Alert emergency notification system.
The new NY-Alert system provides a more convenient way for New Yorkers to sign up for customized alerts on critical topics such as weather, traffic, missing persons and more.
The new system is now hosted on a cloud-based platform to meet growing demand and serve New Yorkers better. To stay on top of the latest information, New Yorkers should visit the newly designed website to sign up for the alerts they would like to receive. ■