Wild weather on both coasts allowed New York to brace for up to 5 inches of rain on Tuesday as California dug rocks and mudslides on roads and otherwise cleaned up after historic rains swept through a much of the state.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were among the eastern states facing flood warnings as storms that started Monday are expected to last until Wednesday.
Manhattan and Brooklyn had both been submerged by 3 inches or more of rain before noon Tuesday. Staten Island was over 3.5 inches. In New Jersey, the township of New Providence, 25 miles west of New York, was just under 4 inches.
“We are waking up to heavy rains falling over all three states as a strong coastal depression develops offshore,” the National Weather Service in New York City tweeted on Tuesday. “Several more inches of precipitation are expected. Take it slow and allow yourself more time if you are traveling today.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy have declared a state of emergency. The weather service has issued flood advisories in New York City. The Brooklyn Queens Expressway was one of the main traffic arteries disrupted by flooding during the morning commute.
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Wind gusts of up to 60 mph could lead to power outages, although minimal disruption was reported early on Tuesday.
Authorities were on the lookout for flash floods. Stormy waters from Hurricane Ida killed 11 people in basement apartments. last month.
“We learned a very painful lesson from Hurricane Ida. We experienced something that we had never experienced before in terms of the intensity of the rain,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “What we’re hearing now sounds more like a typical storm.
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The first northeast of the season could undergo a bombogenesis
The storm was classified as northeast because it will spread northeast winds along the coast and is the first such storm of the season to impact the region, AccuWeather said. The system is expected to strengthen rapidly as it moves along the east coast, but will begin to lose speed and become stationary on Tuesday evening.
The storm intensified rapidly and could reach bombogenesis, when the central pressure of a storm drops 0.71 inches of mercury or more over a 24-hour period – becoming a bomb cyclone. Two bomb cyclones have been blamed for severe weather that has hit California in recent days, triggering record-breaking rainfall, mudslides and flooding.
Philadelphia under flood watch
Much of the Philadelphia metro area was subject to flash flood warnings as a northeast moves through the area. Severe thunderstorms, lightning and heavy downpours rocked the region from Monday evening to Tuesday. A flash flood watch was in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Some places were already reporting three inches of rain before sunrise, and the morning rush resulted in a slew of traffic accidents and skirmishes.
The Midwest was not exempt
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-3 tornado swept through the southeastern Missouri town of Fredericktown on Sunday as severe storms swept through the area. A tornado with this rating is considered strong and the wind speed ranges from 136 to 165 mph. Severe weather also drifted across Illinois, damaging buildings and cutting off electricity. No injuries were reported.
The weather service reported more than 2.5 inches of rain fell in the Chicago area during storms that started Sunday and continued through Monday.
California cleanup in progress
The violent weather system that traversed California for days weakened as it moved south, but remained strong enough Monday night to cause mudslides that closed roads in the San Bernardino Mountains above of Los Angeles.
In the northern part of the state, record rains caused widespread flooding, mudslides and landslides as soil in areas ravaged by wildfires was washed away. High winds knocked down trees and even overturned two large drilling rigs on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge near San Francisco.
At the height of the storm, Pacific Gas & Electric reported that 380,000 homes and businesses had lost power, although fewer than 50,000 customers remained without power on Tuesday.
Contribution: The Associated Press