Gusty Winds, Rain Expected Across Region

Heavy rain and wind are expected Thursday night into Friday morning with wind gusts up to 60 MPH after midnight, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches is possible.
The NWS also warned of coastal flooding, “Heavy rainfall, in combination with added runoff from melting snow from last week’s storm will bring the potential of flash flooding of small streams and creeks, urban, and main stem river flooding across parts of the mid Atlantic and Northeast during the next couple of days.”
It also warned residents to secure outdoor items, such as Christmas decorations.

PSEG Long Island said the rain and wind could  cause tree limbs to break and pull down wires, causing outages. Given the potential intensity of the storm and lack of available crews from other utilities to help due to the holiday, some outages may last into the weekend.

“As we closely monitor this latest weather event, our crews are prepared and ready to respond safely and as quickly as possible to restore power so customers can celebrate the holidays,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island. “We are asking our employees to forego holiday vacation to fulfill our commitment to bring customers safe and reliable power, regardless of extreme weather conditions.”

“Due to the regional impact of the storm and the holiday, fewer crews from other areas are available to help our restoration efforts,” he added. “We are continuing our efforts to obtain additional resources. We will take all available actions to mitigate outage durations and restore power safely and as quickly as possible.”

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