NYC Preparing For Summer Nor’easter, Barricading Against Flooding

July 21, 2018 - 5:34 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A summer nor’easter is expected to hit the tristate area late Saturday.

Forecasters predict scattered showers to begin around 10 p.m., with heavier rain hitting overnight.

Residents are advised to flooding on street and roads in coastal and poor drainage areas.

It’s predict the storm will produce wind gusts up to 35 mph in the city, and up to 45 mph along the Jersey Shore and on Long Island.

At night, temperatures could drop to 66 degrees. Though, by Sunday afternoon storms should begin to break and temperatures will climb into the 80s.

New York City has already begun taking precautionary measures for the storm and has announced they will be barricading the site of a Manhattan steam pipe explosion to prevent the spread of asbestos in the area.

Con Edison said the area will be surrounded with sandbags and it will continue to clean up the streets and buildings near Fifth Avenue and 21st Street, where the steam pipe ruptured Friday, and released debris contaminated with asbestos.

City officials say the cleanup could still take days but the heavy rain threatens to cause flooding in the area that could move the debris throughout the city.