Heavy rain that spread into the Northeast late Monday into Tuesday morning has already caused flooding, prompting road closures and forcing people to evacuate from their homes. More heavy rain this afternoon into tonight will cause similar problems in New England.
People from Cape Cod and Boston to Portland and Down East Maine should be prepared for slow traffic and potential detours around flooded roadways through tonight. Airport delays could also result.
Residents living along rivers and streams across parts of the Northeast will also need to be ready for possible flooding of their homes and neighborhoods over the next few days.
Already as of Tuesday morning, the rain with this storm had totaled 1.50 to 3.00 inches across eastern New York and parts of New England. Additional rain through tonight will push totals closer to 4 inches or more in some areas.
The rain is falling in areas that were hit hard with heavy rain and flooding a little over a week ago. Since the ground is still saturated and rivers continue to run high, it will not take much additional rain to renew flooding.
Several smaller rivers in Delaware County, N.Y., quickly rose past flood stage Monday night and crested early this morning. At least two homes reportedly located along one of these rivers or its tributary streams near Fleishmanns, N.Y., were evacuated.
Road closures due to flooding were also reported this morning elsewhere across parts of eastern New York and New Jersey.
Most rivers across the Northeast have either already crested or will crest by the end of the day Wednesday. However, it will take a bit longer for the water to drain into some of the larger rivers and for a crest to occur.