Storm brings heavy rain and high winds to New York area
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A Nor'easter swept into the New York area Wednesday morning, bringing heavy rains and strong winds on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Rainfall totals of two to four inches are expected for Wednesday, with sustained winds of at least 20 miles an hour. Gusts of 54 miles an hour were reported in Bridgeport and 48 at Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning.
By noon, nearly three inches of rain had fallen in some areas and there was flooding on many roads.
The Bronx River Parkway was closed in both directions from the Sprain Brook Parkway to Route 100 due to flooding, as road crews used plows to push water off the roadway.
One driver had to be rescued after being trapped in rising waters on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Eastchester.
Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing Wednesday night, making for slick driving conditions as water on the roads turns to ice.
The storm has caused scattered power outages throughout the Tri-State area, including 7,056 in New Jersey, 3,184 on Long Island and 1,081 in Connecticut. Some of the Long Island outages were caused by a tree limb and wires coming down on Deer Park Road in North Babylon.
Crews were busy on the Saw Mill River Parkway, suctioning leaves and debris out of storm drains to prevent flooding and keep traffic flowing for the holiday getaway.
Motorists in Westchester know the Saw Mill River Parkway is one of the first roads to take on water during periods of heavy rain.
The cleanup was near one of the most flood prone areas of the parkway. The stretch between Marble Avenue and Manville Road runs directly next to the river and it doesn't take much for water to spill onto the roadway. Just last month the state repaved and slightly raised the southbound lanes. Residents in Pleasantville who are forced to deal with traffic-choked streets when the parkway is shut down hope it'll make a difference.
Heavy rain and breezy conditions were in the forecast Wednesday from the Carolinas to the Northeast, with ice and snow a possibility in the Appalachians, western Pennsylvania and western New York.
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