Ophelia timeline: When tropical storm is expected to impact NYC area.
NEW YORK (PIX11) – Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to impact New York City this weekend, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to parts of the tri-state area on Saturday.
Ophelia is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas and track northward into the Mid-Atlantic, where it will turn into a post-tropical cyclone.
New York City will receive 2 to 3 inches of rain throughout the weekend, with long durations of rainfall at times, the National Weather Service said.
Steady light to moderate rain will begin Saturday morning and continue into Sunday night. The bulk of the rain will occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, with lingering showers possible into Monday.
Minor coastal flooding is possible during several high tides Saturday afternoon into Sunday, along with a high risk of life-threatening rip currents, large breaking waves, and rough surf at Atlantic-facing beaches.
Wind speeds of 25 to 30 mph are expected, with 40 mph gusts along coastal locations happening from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.“New Yorkers should take precautions regarding the forecast for high winds and rain during our first fall weekend,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol. “This weekend’s weather is also a reminder that we are still in the middle of Atlantic Hurricane season and it is a great time to review your preparedness plan for your home or business, especially if you live in flood-prone areas.”
PSEG Long Island is also preparing for heavy rain and gusty winds to impact Long Island and the Rockaways Saturday morning through Sunday, warning that the storm has the potential to topple trees, bring down branches on wires and cause outages.
Down the Jersey Shore, there may be wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph at times, as the remnants of Ophelia make their way up toward the New York City area.