The remnants of Hurricane Ida are anticipated to drop heavy rain throughout elements of the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England on Wednesday and Thursday, with life-threatening flash-flooding doable in a lot of these areas, meteorologists mentioned.
The Mid-Atlantic and New England space ought to anticipate three to eight inches of rain on Wednesday and into Thursday from Ida, the Nationwide Climate Service mentioned. The storm hit Louisiana on Sunday as a Class 4 hurricane however has since been downgraded to a tropical despair, in response to the Nationwide Hurricane Middle.
The governors of Virginia and West Virginia declared states of emergency on Tuesday forward of the system’s arrival.
Widespread river flooding may happen in southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, significantly within the Monongahela, Potomac, Susquehanna, Delaware, and decrease Hudson River basins, forecasters mentioned.
The final storm to hit the Northeast was Henri, which made landfall in southwestern Rhode Island on Aug. 22 as a tropical storm, sending lashing bands of rain throughout a lot of New England that knocked out energy in most of coastal Rhode Island, pressured evacuations in Connecticut, stranded dozens of motorists in New Jersey and shattered rainfall information in New York Metropolis.
At its peak, Henri left greater than 140,000 households with out energy from New Jersey to Maine, and in New York Metropolis, automobiles had been left stranded in flooded streets.
Meteorologists had been warning on Tuesday that comparable excessive quantities of rain may hit the area because the tropical moisture related to Ida intersects with sturdy wind bands over the higher ranges of the ambiance within the Northeast, creating heavy rainfalls.
A flash flood watch will probably be in impact from Wednesday night time to Thursday for all of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Morning commutes on Thursday might be affected by drainage flooding in a lot of the New England and the Mid-Atlantic, significantly in metropolitan areas, meteorologists mentioned.
In New York Metropolis and close by areas, the place a flash flood watch may even be in impact from Wednesday afternoon by Thursday afternoon, the remnants of Ida will carry a interval of heavy rain and potential flash flooding, the Climate Service mentioned.
“Ida is principally going to be exiting New England by Thursday night time,” mentioned Dan Thompson, a meteorologist with the Nationwide Climate Service. “Nevertheless it’s going to drop heavy rain earlier than it leaves.”