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Category: Local News - NYC/NJ/CT
Monday, 30 October 2017 06:02
Written by Hal Turner
Gusty winds that toppled trees, flooded much of the region and knocked out power for thousands of people around the tri-state is causing extreme headaches during the Monday morning commute.
Metro-North’s Danbury Branch is completely suspended in both directions due to a mudslide, the agency said early Monday. The Harlem Line is cross-honoring tickets.
Long Island Railroad said its Ronkonkoma Branch service is suspended in both directions between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma due to "multiple power poles and power lines down on the tracks near Pinelawn.” Eastbound trains terminate at Farmingdale while westbound trains originate there. Bus service is not available, according to the LIRR.
There is limited service west of Farmingdale, the agency said. The railroad urges customers to use alternate branches, including Port Jefferson, Babylon and Montauk.
Video shows MTA officers cutting down trees that fell onto the tracks.
NJ Transit and PATH trains were on time.
Gusty winds and gushing rain pounded much of the Northeast Sunday, knocking out power to thousands of people, flooding streets and toppling trees all around the tri-state.
Conditions will slightly improve in the tri-state as treacherous rains taper to showers overnight. However, wind gusts are expected to increase.
Most of the tri-state (NJ/NY/CT) was under some sort of severe weather advisory Sunday amid the threat of flash floods and wind gusts of 40 mph or more. Most of the flood warnings in the tri-state had expired by 2 a.m. Monday.
Even though the heaviest rains were beginning to die down, the effects were still being felt Monday morning.
The storm swept into the region Sunday morning as an onslaught of steady showers, but it became more menacing by afternoon as rain grew heavier and winds gained strength. Trees and powerlines were toppled as a result of the punishing storm.
Cars struggled to bypass flooded streets from Eatontown to White Plains in amid the driving rain and winds. In Midtown, those who ventured outside struggled to hang onto their umbrellas. Part of the northbound FDR Drive was flooded near 34th Street.
Hours-long delays and disruptions were reported at JFK, Newark and LaGuardia; inbound delays were well over three hours at LaGuardia and four hours at JFK and Newark.
Most of the tri-state is under a high wind warning until Monday, including New York City and its inner suburbs, Long Island, Connecticut and parts of the Hudson Valley. The National Weather Service said winds of at least 40 mph, with gusts over 50 mph, could bear down on the city and surrounding suburbs, especially on Long Island. The rest of the tri-state is under a wind warning. Wind gusts increased overnight.
In Queens, drivers faced a puzzle to get around as streets were either fully closed or partially blocked due to flood water. It's still not clear whether roads will fully reopen by the morning commute, but because of strong winds expected overnight, more trees could come down.
On Long Island, those winds were responsible for knocking out power to at least 40,000 people and toppling trees. In Brentwood, a tree had snapped and took down powerlines. Firefighters urged homeowners in the area to stay inside. The power won't be restored for many Long Islanders until sometime Monday.
In New Jersey, at least 10,000 customers were without power. Severe flooding was causing streets to close. Like Long Island, trees were knocked down as well as powerlines. In Hackensack, the fire department said large tree limbs fell onto a house, causing roof damage. No injuries were reported.
With strong winds a factor overnight, power outages could be affected into Monday, however, if the rain lets up, streets should reopen for the morning commute.
In Fairfield County, Connecticut, about 9,000 people were reported without power.
An areal flood warning was issued in New York City Sunday night, with as much as 3 inches of rain falling by evening and 1-2 inches expected in the hours thereafter.
The entire tri-state is under a flash flood watch 6 a.m. until Monday. (See the full list of weather watches and warnings below.)
The storm dropped at least 2-3 inches of rain across the region, with some areas seeing more than that.
By Sunday night, rain was falling at a rate of 1 inch per hour in parts of New Jersey. More than 3 inches of rain had fallen in Newark, and in parts of Suffolk County nearly 3.5 inches had fallen. Islip alone saw nearly four inches of rain. Central Park saw nearly 3 inches of rain, as did LaGuardia. Bridgeport, Connecticut saw just under 3 inches.
Parts of Long Island were expected to get the brunt of a storm that led to flood and wind advisories across the tri-state. Greg Cergol reports.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had directed state agencies to take precautionary measures for the storm, and utility company PSE&G mobilized its employees and contractors to respond to any damage the rain and high winds might cause.
A high wind warning and flash flood watch were in effect for all five boroughs Sunday. Ida Siegal reports.
The strongest winds are likely until noon Monday. The windiest areas are expected to be on Long Island, but that gusts of more than 40 mph are likely in the city and Hudson Valley even after showers have passed early Monday morning.
It will be gusty and cool on Monday as rains taper off into the afternoon. The weather then improves for Halloween, with partly to mostly sunny skies forecast and highs in the upper 50s, Storm Team 4 says.
The rest of the work week is cloudy as temperatures hover around the low 60s during the day. A few passing showers are possible Thursday, but it's dry and mild to end the week.