A rainstorm with heavy wind is expected beginning on Tuesday in Paterson and the surrounding areas, according to weather forecasts.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory that will last from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 miles per hour is expected, according to the advisory. Gusty winds are likely to move unsecured objects. The force of these winds may also lead to the falling of tree limbs, potentially causing occasional power outages.
The National Weather Service also issued a flood watch warning. Flood watch remains in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.
Heavy rainfall, accumulating between 2 to 3 inches, is expected. This significant amount of rain could result in widespread street flooding, as well as the potential rise of river levels. Additionally, the presence of snowpack in certain parts of the area under watch, coupled with already saturated grounds, will likely contribute to swift runoff into nearby rivers and streams, exacerbating the flooding risk.
Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in New Jersey ahead of the storm. Locally, mayor Andre Sayegh will declare a state of emergency for Paterson on Tuesday morning to ensure “coordinated and effective response” to the storm.