NEW YORK CITY — Forecasters have issued a flood watch for the city’s coastal areas Tuesday as heavy rain and strong winds brought on by Hurricane Jose are expected to batter the boroughs.
The National Weather Service issued the flood advisory for Staten Island, as well as the shores of Brooklyn and southern Queens, from 6 p.m Tuesday through noon Wednesday with as many as 3 inches of rain expected, meteorologists said.
"We want residents in coastal areas to make sure they have emergency plans put in place," said Office of Emergency Management spokesman Omar Bourne.
"Prepare your Go Bags, charge cell phones and remove loose objects that are susceptible to causing harm."
Dangerous surfs and rip currents are also expected in the outer boroughs as Hurricane Jose’s track moves roughly 80 miles southeast of Long Island, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Showers were expected to begin Tuesday afternoon.
A rip current advisory is in effect for Brooklyn and southern Queens through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
A high surf advisory, impacting beaches in the area, is also in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday.