Flash flood watches continue as water-logged cities clean up

Posted at 5:59 AM, Jul 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-15 16:14:29-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The threat of further flooding continued to loom Tuesday, after the first round of heavy storms soaked the tri-state area and left several roadways under water.

New Jersey was especially walloped overnight, with several communities reporting widespread flooding.

In Bogota, River Road was turned into its namesake. In Perth Amboy, a teen used a kayak to float down a flooded street. And in Lakewood, significant flooding was also reported.

Tuesday morning will be oppressively humid, but the next round of rain is not expected to fall until the early afternoon.

Ultra-saturated air sitting above the region will meet a cold front, sparking yet another storm with heavy rain and strong thunderstorms sometime about 1 p.m. The wicked weather will continue into the evening and overnight.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 80s for much of New York and New Jersey, and in the upper 70s for the shoreline.

Flooding is expected to happen more quickly and be more severe Tuesday, because the ground is already saturated and unable to soak up as much precipitation, according to PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church.

Motorists are warned to not drive on flooded roadways because the water could be deep enough to trap the car. Instead, drivers should go around the flooding.

Flash flood watches are in effect for the following New York counties until 6 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Bronx
  • Dutchess
  • Kings (Brooklyn)
  • Nassau
  • New York (Manhattan)
  • Orange
  • Putnam
  • Queens
  • Richmond (Staten Island)
  • Rockland
  • Suffolk (This watch is in effect until 2 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Ulster
  • Westchester

These counties in New Jersey are under a flash flood watch until 6 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Bergen
  • Essex
  • Hudson
  • Hunterdon
  • Mercer
  • Middlesex
  • Monmouth
  • Morris
  • Ocean
  • Passaic
  • Somerset
  • Sussex
  • Union

In Connecticut, Fairfield County is under a flash flood watch until 6 a.m. Wednesday, and New Haven is under the watch until 2 p.m. Wednesday.