ISAIAS TRACK: Dangerous Tropical Storm Bears Down On Entire NY/NJ Area; Risk Of Tornadoes, Flash Flooding

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Tropical Storm Isaias is packing dangerous winds and heavy rain as it rapidly heads toward the Tri-State after making landfall as a hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will to move near or along the coast of New Jersey by this afternoon.

The primary threat from Isaias will be the torrential rainfall, but we also expect wind gusts up to 50 mph and possible tornadoes.

Tornado watches have been issued for all of New York City, as well as Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties until 4 p.m. Tuesday. The watch also applies to a number of New Jersey counties and Connecticut’s Fairfield County. The greatest risk of tornadoes is midday from southeast Virginia to New Jersey, forecasters say.

TIMING
1. Showers and thunderstorms throughout the day
3. The heaviest period of rainfall will be between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
4. Rainfall rates are expected to exceed one inch per hour for more than one hour.
5. Tropical storm force winds are forecast to begin this afternoon until 5:00 PM.
6. Sustained winds between 35-45 mph and gusts between 45-55 mph are expected.

AccuWeather says much of the region could get 2 to 4 inches of rain with locally higher amounts.

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