Nor'easter lashes East Coast

By Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 6:03 PM ET, Tue October 26, 2021
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10:58 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

"Life threatening" flash flooding and water rescues ongoing in New Jersey

From CNN's Dave Hennen

Heavy rain has prompted several flash flood warnings across northern New Jersey that is producing “life threatening flash flooding,” according to the National Weather Service.

The warnings include over 5 million people.

Reports indicate that more than 3.5 inches of rain has already fallen across areas of New Jersey just west and south of New York City.  

Additional rainfall of 1-2 inches is possible through the morning hours. Storm reports from the region indicate high-water rescues, numerous road closures and rivers quickly reaching flood stages. 

Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Somerset and Morristown are several cities in New Jersey that are included in the flash flood warnings.

10:58 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Severe weather causes 2 manhole fires in New York City neighborhood

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Eight customers in Queens, New York, have temporarily lost power after two manholes caught on fire, a spokesperson for Con Edison said. 

Around 1:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, crews were dispatched to the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens to the manhole fires, which were caused by severe weather affecting the region, said Con Edison spokesperson Karl-Erik Stromsta. He also confirmed that there were no injuries reported.

Crews are currently working at the site and are expected to restore service around 10:30 a.m. ET, he said. 

10:58 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Flash flood warnings issued in New Jersey

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

As of 7:25 a.m. ET, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued several flash flood warnings in New Jersey.

"Severe flash flooding is occurring in northern Monmouth County right now, specifically in the Union Beach area eastward to Middletown. Do not drive onto flooded roadways, and heed all road closures!" the weather service tweeted.

A flash flood warning continues until 11:00 a.m. ET in central New Jersey, including the cities of New Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Lakewood.

The National Weather Service in New York also issued a flash flood warning for parts of northern New Jersey, including Newark, Jersey City and Paterson until 9:30 a.m. ET.

10:58 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

CNN meteorologist explains what you can expect with this nor'easter

The governors of New Jersey and New York have each issued a state of emergency in advance of an anticipated nor'easter this week, which is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding.

"The winds are blowing all the way down toward the deep south. The winds in Boston later on tonight and overnight could be 60 to 65 miles per hour," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

There are two low pressure systems, one of which is already causing the rainfall. The other system is expected to get bigger later on Tuesday, he added.

"It may even get a little subtropical. Not going to get a name, but it'll have a lot of warm water to work with. That's the Gulf Stream. By tomorrow afternoon, things really get harrowing for parts of the Northeast. There will be winds on shore. There will be waves on shore — 8 to 12 feet tall. There will obviously be this rainfall coming down as well; high wind warnings are in effect for the costal areas," Myers explained.

The only good news? "It's not going to be a snowstorm. Because in a month or two from now, those temperatures would be in the 30s, and we'd be shoveling this," he added.


10:59 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

National Weather Service urges New Yorkers to "take it slow" today if traveling in the storm

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

The National Weather Service in New York is urging travelers to use caution as a flash flood watch is in effect for the area today.

According to the weather service, 2 to 5 inches of rain could fall today, with locally heavier rainfall of up to 6 inches possible.

Strong winds and minor coastal flooding are also anticipated.

According to the weather service, there is currently a flash flood warning in effect for northern New Jersey, including the cities of Newark, Paterson and Jersey City until 9:30 a.m. ET.

9:22 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

A fall nor'easter is slamming the East Coast. Here's what to expect instead of snow.

From CNN's Monica Garrett, Brandon Miller and Judson Jones

People with umbrellas walk in New York City, on Tuesday, October 26. 
People with umbrellas walk in New York City, on Tuesday, October 26.  (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

A snowless nor’easter intensifying off the East Coast will bring heavy rains, leading to flash flooding in the New York Metro and extreme winds from New Jersey to Massachusetts today into tomorrow. Power outages will be likely in the region.

Here is what we expect across the Northeast, including in both New York and Boston.

Flooding rains are likely: The rain is already beginning in New Jersey and New York this morning. Flash flooding is being reported in parts of New Jersey, and rain will continue through the day and end overnight into Wednesday. The flash flood watch is currently scheduled to end Tuesday evening. Winds will increase through the day as the system strengthens.

Rain will move out of the area Wednesday, leaving gusty winds through the day.

Further north, Boston will see periods of rain this morning, with the heaviest Tuesday afternoon continuing into Wednesday.

Extreme winds will knock out power: A high wind warning is in place for parts of Eastern Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. "Widespread power outages are expected," says the National Weather Service. "Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

Eversource Energy is warning that more than 100,000 could lose power in the storm, as early season nor’easters present a greater risk to power lines since the leaves are still on the trees.

“When trees still have most of their leaves, the risk of tree-caused outages with a nor’easter is much higher,” according to Sean Redding, CT Manager of Vegetation Management. “Weighed down by the rain, the leaves act like a sail, causing the tree to bend with the wind.”

The strongest winds in New York will be Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

In Boston, winds will increase through the day, with the strongest winds overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Conditions there will slowly improve late Wednesday morning, with some impacts lasting into the evening.

10:59 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

New Jersey governor declared a state of emergency ahead of nor'easter

Fromm CNN's Rob Frehse

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency beginning at 8 p.m. Monday night in anticipation of the nor’easter, according to a tweet from the governor.

“Severe weather conditions will impact the state starting tonight through the next several days,” Murphy said.

7:31 a.m. ET, October 26, 2021

Flood and flash flood watches are in effect from southern New Jersey to northern Massachusetts

From CNN's Judson Jones and Haley Brink

"A rapidly developing low pressure system south of Long Island will likely produce heavy rainfall across the region," according to the National Weather Service in New York.

Flood and flash flood watches are in effect from southern New Jersey to northern Massachusetts.

There is no doubt that the rainfall in the Northeast over the next couple of days will be because of this strengthening low pressure system, but there remains uncertainty on how strong it will get and how close to the coast it will track.

"Anytime you have two areas of low pressure trying to combine in the warm Gulf Stream off the Northeast Coast, models will differ on their solutions," says CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Forecasters are certain there will be rain but still unsure of how much. The Weather Prediction Center has issued a level 1 out of 4 "marginal risk" for excessive rainfall Monday and a level 2 "slight risk" for excessive rain Tuesday.

"Rainfall totals as this time look to be on the order of 2 to 4 inches," the weather service in New York wrote.

But some computer weather models are showing isolated amounts of 5 to 7 inches of rainfall.

"Hopefully, this scenario does not come to fruition as this would lead to widespread flooding issues," writes the New York weather office.

Winds are the other issue; the closer this storm tracks to the Northeast coast, the more robust the winds will feel to people living along the coastline. A closer storm also means that stronger winds will spread further inland.

Winds gusting to over 50 mph are not out of the question for eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with gusts topping out near hurricane-force on Cape Cod and the Islands.

With the winds will also come coastal flooding, which is possible during high tide cycles on both Tuesday and Wednesday, the weather service said.

A similar system, made famous by George Clooney in the '90s, has its 30th anniversary later this week. While forecasters don't think this will be "The Perfect Storm," it will share some similarities in the types of conditions that can be expected.

The Boston National Weather Service has an interesting write-up on the storm's anniversary.

Another similar storm to Tuesday's nor'easter will try to develop by the weekend, says Myers. "But the energy for that one is still off the West Coast and will need some more time to forecast accurately."