Nor’easter has New England bracing for floods, power outages


NEW YORK (NewsNation Now) — A fall nor’easter is expected to batter the Northeast through Tuesday night, bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and strong winds.

The National Weather Service said a second wave of the nor’easter will impact the coastal area into Wednesday.

The first wave of the storm brought heavy rain and winds to New York and New Jersey Tuesday morning.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy both declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

Wind gusts as high as 75 mph were forecast on Cape Cod, with sustained winds as high as 45 mph. The National Weather Service warned that waves off the Massachusetts coast could reach 19 feet.

The early nor’easter arrives before many trees have shed their leaves for the winter, raising the risk for power outages as branches covered in wet, heavy leaves blow onto transmission lines. Eversource, a power company that serves much of New England, warned that widespread outages were possible through Wednesday.

Flash flood warnings remained in effect through Tuesday evening in southern Connecticut, northeastern New Jersey and southeastern New York, along with high wind warnings from New York to Massachusetts.

It’s been less than two months since Hurricane Ida produced deadly and destructive flooding in New York.

Ida’s deadly flooding put the city and state on alert. There were 41 deaths related to Ida. The majority of fatalities in New York City were of people living in basement apartments.

While this nor’easter isn’t expected to be as bad, officials said they want people to pay attention to the weather, listen for alerts and stay safe.

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths as of Tuesday morning.

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NewsNation affiliate WPIX and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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