New York Area Facing Another Day of Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms

Another day of heavy rain and potential thunderstorms is ahead for the New York City area as flash flood watches and warnings are in effect until 1 a.m. tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

As much as 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) may fall today, said Joe Pollina, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

“It looks like later this afternoon when we will see the showers and thunderstorms coming through,” Pollina said.

About a quarter-inch was reported at New York’s Central Park yesterday, while 2.41 inches fell in Bridgeport, Connecticut, breaking the record for the date set in 1967, according to the weather service.

Scranton, Pennsylvania, received 1.58 inches, breaking the daily mark set in 1956.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported in Nyack, New York, and trees were knocked down in several locations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut from high winds caused by thunderstorms, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

New York City and the surrounding area have a 15 percent chance of experiencing damaging winds today. Flash-flood warnings and watches have been issued for northern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley including New York, Nassau County on Long Island and Fairfield County in Connecticut, according to the weather service.

The Hackensack River at Riverdale, New Jersey, rose 4.64 feet since noon yesterday, according to the weather service.

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