Flash Flood Warning in NYC and Southern NY State

This alert expired on April 16, 2018 at 2:15:00 PM EDT
National Weather Service
Alert area: Bronx; Kings; New York; Orange; Queens; Richmond; Rockland; Westchester

Posted April 16, 2018 at 11:21:00 AM EDT

The National Weather Service in Upton NY has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
Fairfield County in southern Connecticut...
Hudson County in northeastern New Jersey...
Passaic County in northeastern New Jersey...
Union County in northeastern New Jersey...
Bergen County in northeastern New Jersey...
Essex County in northeastern New Jersey...
Orange County in southeastern New York...
Queens County in southeastern New York...
Richmond County in southeastern New York...
Bronx County in southeastern New York...
Kings County in southeastern New York...
Rockland County in southeastern New York...
Westchester County in southeastern New York...
New York (Manhattan) County in southeastern New York...

* Until 215 PM EDT

* At 1118 AM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the
warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen.
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses
as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Newark, Jersey City, Jamaica, Yonkers, Paterson, Bridgeport,
Elizabeth, Stamford, Flatbush, Norwalk, Danbury, New Rochelle,
Flushing, Passaic and Bayonne.

Recommended actions

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
precautions to protect life and property.

Tips from ready.gov

Excerpted from ready.gov

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

  • Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

  • If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

  • More:

  • What to do before a flood.

Excerpted from ready.gov

  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

  • If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

    • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

    • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.

  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

  • If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

    • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

    • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

    • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

  • More:

  • What to do during a flood.

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