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Days after winter storm, NYC, NJ brace for more heavy rain, winds Tuesday into Wednesday

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The region is mobilizing for a wet, blustery Tuesday into Wednesday as 2 to 4 inches of rain along with heavy winds descend upon the region with the potential to cause flooding, blowing debris, coastal flooding and widespread power outages.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state was preparing for a variety of conditions throughout the state.

“It is a statewide event, but it’s hitting the different regions of our state very differently,” she said at a news conference Monday. “In New York City and Long Island, in addition to the rain, we expect wind to be hitting gusts as high as 60 miles an hour, leading to moderate coastal flooding.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a travel advisory Tuesday night.

“Beginning [Tuesday] afternoon into Wednesday we are facing heavy rainfall and gusty winds with the potential for flooding in some areas,” he said at his weekly press briefing.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued a state of emergency starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. He said on social media the state was “in anticipation of severe storms causing hazardous weather conditions including heavy rain, high winds, and flash flooding.”

A state of emergency in New Jersey does not automatically put a travel ban in effect, but Murphy urged anyone who didn’t have to be out to stay home Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday until 12 p.m. Wednesday. It expected moderate flooding along the Saddle River in New Jersey and minor flooding in poor drainage areas of New York City.

Emergency officials in New York said the Hudson Valley has already received 30 inches of rain in the last 30 days, which has the potential to cause dangerous flash floods.

The city activated its flash flood emergency plans in order to coordinate road closures, downed power lines and potential rescues.

The National Weather Service is also warning of strong winds along the Jersey Shore, Staten Island and the Rockaways. It expects gusts up to 64 miles per hour with sustained winds of 59 miles per hour.

Con Edison said it brought in 705 outside workers to assist with potential power outages.

The city’s Department of Buildings warned workers to secure construction sites and cranes, saying it will conduct random spot-check inspections.

“If sites are not secured, the department will take immediate enforcement action — issuing violations and stop work orders, where necessary,” the department wrote in a press release.

The MTA said it will ban empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks based on forecasts.

“High winds are always a particular concern for long-span bridges,” said Catherine Sheridan, president of Bridges and Tunnels, in a press release.

To further dampen moods, the city’s Department of Emergency Management said it is expecting more precipitation later this week that may turn to snow next week as temperatures drop.

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