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NYC Faces Flash Flooding Risk as Torrential Downpours Approach

City agencies warn people in basement apartments to be prepared to move to higher ground with Ida still fresh in everyone’s mind.

Storm radar on Oct. 25.
Storm radar on Oct. 25.Source: National Weather Service
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New York City commuters face a blustery, soaked-to-the-skin trek to work Tuesday as a powerful coastal storm unwinds across the Northeast.

Rain began shortly after 9 p.m. Monday and will intensify early Tuesday, peaking in the daylight hours, said Scott Kaplan, a meteorologist with Hometown Forecast Services, which provides outlooks for Bloomberg Radio.

``The afternoon commute won’t be pretty but the morning one will be the worst of the two,’’ Kaplan said. ``It looks like it is going to be very wet with the heaviest rain coming between 4 a.m. to noon, give or take an hour or so.’’