Times Square in the rain.

NYC Severe Weather

Heavy rain is expected on Saturday 10/1. Localized and coastal flooding is possible. High winds expected on Sunday, 10/2.


Weather Advisory In Effect

Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Expected; Localized Flooding Possible

New York City Emergency Management is issuing a weather advisory until Sunday, 10/2. According to the National Weather Service, periods of heavy rain are possible beginning early Saturday morning until about noon, which may cause localized flooding in the city, including highways, streets, basements, and underpasses.

Rain will begin to taper off Saturday afternoon, with lingering showers possible through early Monday morning. Winds are expected to increase through the weekend with peak gusts up to 45 mph on Sunday afternoon.

Minor to locally moderate coastal flooding is also possible at all vulnerable shoreline locations starting Sunday, October 2, through Tuesday, October 4. The areas that may see locally moderate flooding are Jamaica Bay and the Long Island Sound.

Safety Tips

  • If you live in a basement apartment, be prepared to move to a higher floor during periods of heavy rain.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber on hand to help protect your home.  
  • If you have a disability or access or functional need, make sure your plan addresses how your needs may affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in place, or communicate with emergency workers. Arrange help from family, friends, or service providers if you will need assistance. 
  • Exercise caution when traveling. Do not drive your vehicle or walk into areas where water covers the roadway as the water depth may be too great to allow you to cross safely. Use mass transit if possible.
  • When outside, avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. One or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle. 
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Avoid flooded subway stations.
    Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. 
    If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that tree limbs, leaves, or water can cover downed wires from view. Always stay away from downed power lines because they could be live. 
    Report downed wires immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you are in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel. 

Prepare for Power Outages 

  • To prepare for a possible power outage, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting. If you lose power, items that need refrigeration will stay cooler for longer. 
  • Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Keep extra batteries. 
  • If you lose power and have a disability, access and functional needs or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, dial 911. 
  • Do not use generators indoors. 
  • Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities, access and functional needs, or health conditions. Help them to prepare if needed. 

For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service at

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