8:20 AM | Hurricane Irene on a collision course with New York City

6-Day Forecast

Today

Partly sunny, warm, slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm, highs in the mid 80’s

Tonight

Becoming mostly cloudy with an occasional shower or thunderstorm possible late at night, lows near 70

Saturday

Becoming cloudy with an occasional shower or thunderstorm during the day and then hurricane conditions developing at night with torrential rain and damaging winds, highs in the low 80’s and lows at night in the upper 60’s

Sunday

Hurricane conditions for much of the day with torrential rain and damaging winds, upper 70’s for highs

Monday

Mostly sunny, breezy, pleasant temperatures, highs near 80

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, warm, low 80’s

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, highs near 80

Discussion

The brunt of Hurricane Irene will affect us tomorrow night through mid-day Sunday in about a 12-hour period, but occasional showers and thunderstorms are possible here during the day tomorrow. During the brunt of the storm Saturday night and Sunday morning torrential rain and damaging winds are likely with peak winds gusts of hurricane-force levels likely (i.e. 74 – 90 mph). Total new rainfall amounts could fall in the range of 6-12 inches which will create flooding issues. In addition to the flooding concerns, power outages are quite likely with the strong winds gusts and saturated grounds. The storm winds down late Sunday as it heads towards New England after passing right near New York City during the Sunday PM hours.

Video

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