New York was gearing up for a washout Thursday, but a thick band of storms coming through the area was not expected to bring the devastation unleashed by the remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month, forecasters said.
“With Ida it was just one huge band of rain that didn’t really move for any length of time, but we’re going to be cutting in and out of showers through the night,” Brian Thompson, senior meteorologist AccuWeather told The Post. “It won’t be steady downpours.”
A flash flood warning was in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday, and city officials said the storm could still “cause real problems.”
“We don’t expect any major flooding at this point,” Thomspon said, adding “areas that don’t drain very well could see flooding issues.”
Subways should be moving smoothly through the night, but water could pool up underground in areas that are briefly hit with heavy volumes of rain, according to Thompson.
Intermittent bands of the storm could drop an inch to an inch-and-a-half of precipitation on the city, the meteorologist warned.
“The worst of it will be during the late evening and the first part of overnight hours,” Thompson said.
The morning commute was expected to be less severe, but could still leave travelers soaked.
“It probably should generally be winding down towards the morning commute but there will be some lingering pockets of flooding on some of the streets,” Thompson said, adding that heavy winds will have subsided.
“The wind should diminish as the night goes on. We were seeing some gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour earlier. Those should diminish … shouldn’t cause any major issues.”
After the storm passes, New Yorkers should enjoy a sunny weekend with temperatures in the low to mid-70s, Thompson predicted.
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