“I am proactively declaring a state of emergency to ensure that we can provide the resources necessary to respond to this storm and protect lives and property in areas where forecasts call for heavy rainfall,” Hochul said in a statement. Press release. “I encourage New Yorkers to prepare now for the inclement weather expected over the next few days and urge commuters to take precautions before the heavy rains expected tomorrow morning.”
Hochul on Monday asked various state agencies to prepare assets for deployment to affected areas.
The New Jersey state of emergency began at 8 p.m., Gov. Phil Murphy said.
“Severe weather conditions will impact the state from tonight until the next few days,” he said.
The National Weather Service issued several flash flood watches in the northeast from Monday evening and through Tuesday afternoon, affecting nearly 30 million people.
Lines of training thunderstorms are likely to develop, producing widespread totals of 2 to 5 inches, with higher amounts possible.
Rain rates will sometimes exceed 1 inch per hour.
This precipitation will cause flash floods of the streams, streams, urban areas and poor drainage areas where the rains are most abundant.
What is a nor’Easter?
In winter, temperatures associated with a northeast can be much more extreme than in fall, which can lead to more intense storms and snowfall. Storms can erode beaches and harsh ocean conditions, with winds of 58 mph or more.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the New York City subway and other transit lines, expects 6-inch rain over 12 hours, but it won’t look anything like Hurricane Ida.
“At no point do we expect to see the type of very short-term heavy rain that we had during Hurricane Ida,” MTA interim president and CEO Janno Lieber said, noting that the city has saw over 3.5 inches in an hour during Ida.
“But, we are prepared for whatever comes,” added Janno.
The biggest problem and biggest strain the MTA faces are the city’s sewers, which can be submerged as they were during Ida, Janno said, but they don’t expect it to be a problem during the storm.
CNN’s Gene Norman, Rob Frehse and Kiely Westhoff contributed to this report.