Experts Warn: America Is Facing A ‘Catastrophic’ Flood Storm

Jano le Roux

After a year of alarming hurricanes, and tropical storms, the United States braced for yet another dangerous storm. The New York Times reported a state of emergency has been announced ahead of a nor’easter storm that is predicted to hit the tri-state region on Tuesday after moving up the east coast. The order applies to both New York and New Jersey.

Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in New Jersey at 8 p.m. ET Monday night, citing “severe weather conditions” projected to “impact the state starting tonight through the next several days,” officials in New York City warned that the storm may bring significant flash flooding with up to four inches of rain and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

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As the storm travels steadily northwards, the National Weather Service has issued a separate Flash Flood Watch that will be in effect from yesterday night to Tuesday evening, predicting heavy rain and gale-force winds for eastern coastal states over the next several days.

Flash flooding, wind gusts, coastal flooding, beach erosion, 30-foot offshore waves, and power outages are anticipated to impact states from New Jersey to Maine as the nor’easter progresses into the week.

Rain, coastal flooding, and gusts up to 80 mph are expected in Rhode Island and portions of Connecticut and Massachusetts, according to AccuWeather.

AccuWeather forecasts that these storm conditions will result in strong seas and maritime delays.

By midweek, the storm may become a tropical or subtropical storm, according to AccuWeather Director of Forecasting Dan DePodwin. If that’s the case, the storm’s name would be Wanda, which is the final name on the National Hurricane Center’s list for the Atlantic hurricane season.

Governor Hochul said in a statement published Monday evening:

“I am proactively declaring a State of Emergency to ensure we can provide the necessary resources to respond to this storm and protect lives and property in regions where the forecast is calling for significant rainfall.”

According to the National Weather Service Mid-Atlantic River Forecast Center, moderate flooding is forecast in sections of the Delaware River Basin.

As the nor’easter moves across the state, Governor Kathy Hochul says her major priority is “keeping New Yorkers safe”

She has sent vehicles and employees to give assistance throughout the storm, which is anticipated to bring severe rainfall and gusts through Wednesday.

“But my main concern is you. I want to keep you safe,” Hochul said.

Hochul said that she wishes to avert the deaths that happened as a result of the last hurricane’s heavy flooding, ABC News reported.

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