NEW YORK CITY — Winds as high as 40 mph were already sweeping through the city Monday morning as New Yorkers braced for a storm that could bring up to 70 mph gusts and 3 inches of rain, officials said.
The storm was expected to begin pummeling the city Monday, gradually increasing in severity into the night before tapering off by Tuesday, officials said.
“We’re urging New Yorkers to use extra caution when outdoors Monday and allow for extra travel time during tomorrow’s commutes. Coastal residents in vulnerable neighborhoods should take steps to protect their property ahead of this storm,” said Joseph Esposito, commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management.
The National Weather Service's high wind warning and flood watch will continue through early Tuesday, officials said.
The heaviest rain and wind is expected for Monday afternoon with sustained winds of up to 40 mph and gusts topping out at 70 mph, officials said.
Construction workers should secure their sites including cranes, scaffolding and anything else that might come loose, Department of Buildings officials warned. For more information, check the department's website.
The five boroughs could see flooding starting from about 1 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service said.
A flood warning has been issued for Staten Island between 3 and 9 p.m. Monday.