Long Islanders should expect torrential rain and rough marine and surf conditions courtesy of Tropical Storm Elsa, forecasters say.
The National Weather Service is reporting the storm is accelerating northeast through the mid-Atlantic states overnight and is expected to hit Long Island at some point Friday morning.
“A period of weak tropical storm-force winds (39+ mph sustained) is possible, mainly across eastern Long Island,” said an NWS spokesperson.
Friday calls for winds of 15 to 25 mph, with wind gusts of up to 45 mph, with potential flooding from rain and storm surge.
The NWS issued a Flash Flood Warning through Friday for all counties in the greater New York City area.
“2 to 4 inches of rain have fallen across parts of the NYC/NJ metro causing flooding in spots,” NWS posted on Twitter Thursday night. “Additional flooding is likely as heavy rain bands with Elsa move through.”
Stay clear of the waterways, says the NWS, with very choppy waters and possible life-threatening rip currents.
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