Weekend Storm to Bring Gusts, Flooding Tides to U.S. Northeast

(Bloomberg) -- The first “nor’easter-type” storm of the season will bring widespread rain, gusty winds and the possibility of coastal flooding starting Friday in New Jersey and New York -- and then forecasters say it’ll head north to New England.

Washington, New York, Philadelphia and Boston are likely to get 1 to 2 inches (2 to 5 centimeters) of rain as the storm moves northeast, said Marc Chenard, a senior branch forecaster with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Northern and central New England may even pick up an inch or two of snow late in the weekend as the storm leaves the region.

The combination of a near-full moon and the power of the storm could cause tides to run 2 to 3 feet above normal along the coastline, including the Battery in Manhattan, according to the National Weather Service. Coastal areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as the eastern end of Long Island, could get high, gusty winds of as much as 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour.

“There could be some widespread flooding in the more vulnerable areas,” Chenard said by telephone.

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