A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.
Threat level: All of southern New England and westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.
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205 AM: You can see the center of the ocean storm on radar. It's E of Nantucket & will continue to head toward the SW early this morning.
High winds & bands of heavy rain will persist through sunrise.#CTwx #MAwx #RIwx pic.twitter.com/hxVisPuZdp
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 27, 2021
Winds "gusting to hurricane force" were possible near Cape Cod overnight, as the center of the storm edged closer, according to the NWS.
Forecasters warned the nor'easter could become a "bomb cyclone," a non-tropical storm whose pressure drops at least 24mb in 24 hours, like the off-coastal one that was associated with the storm system that pummeled Western states on Sunday.
The nor'easter unleashed over four inches of rain over parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Tuesday, and the pounding of the region continued into the night after a brief respite in the afternoon.
What's happening: Roads flooded across the Northeast, with New Jersey in particular badly hit, the New York Times notes.
Police in Union Beach, New Jersey, said they had responded to more than a dozen emergency call-0uts from drivers "stranded in rapidly rising flood and storm waters," but added all rescues so far had been successful, per CBS News.
Flooding in New York along Interstate 81 north caused a stretch of the road to be temporarily closed at Tully on Tuesday, according to N.Y. State Police.
Meanwhile, more than 41,000 customers were estimated to be without power in Massachusetts early Wednesday, as the storm unleashed powerful winds and heavy rains on the state — with gusts of 60 mph forecast for coastal New England overnight.
By the numbers: Among the most rain-soaked areas in New Jersey by Tuesday night were the borough of Park Ridge, where 5.24 inches fell and the township of Hazlet, N.J., which saw 4.55 inches of rainfall.
Other significant totals elsewhere included Fordham, New York, (4.73 inches) and Danbury, Connecticut, (4.40 inches).
As of 4:30PM, 3 of our climate sites have set daily rainfall records. These will be updated again around 2AM to account for the entire day, but as of now here are the records:
BDR 1.87" (previous 1.32" in 1958)
JFK 2.05" (previous 1.34" in 2002)
ISP 3.33" (previous 1.50" in 1981)
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) October 26, 2021
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.
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