Flooding Rain, Strong Winds Pounding the Northeast

March 13, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
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A nor'easter crawling northward will continue to blast the Northeast this weekend. The corridor from New York City to Boston will endure the storm's worst Saturday night.

The storm's heaviest rain and strongest winds will shift from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to southern New England and Boston Saturday night. The storm will then batter central New England on Sunday.

A stormy Saturday in Stamford, Conn. (Photo Taken by AccuWeather.com Facebook user Rick Alviso)

The rain threatens to trigger more flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas, as well as along streams and smaller rivers. Over 2 inches of rain will pour down from northern New Jersey to far southern Maine into Sunday.

Streets and highways could become inundated by the flood waters. Officials may be forced to close several roads. Even if barricades are not in place, do not drive through a flooded road. Doing so may put your life in danger.

Where water does not completely cover a road, motorists should still use caution. The heavy rain and spray from other vehicles will reduce visibility dramatically. In addition, the risk of vehicles hydroplaning will increase.

Strong winds driving the ocean water onshore will heighten the flood danger at the beaches. Coastal flooding will be most likely at the time of high tide.

Strong winds will gust up to 50 mph from New Jersey to the southern Maine coast. Some gusts as high as 65 mph will howl, mainly towards the coast.

The gusty winds threaten to cause more tree damage and power outages. The strongest winds will uproot trees, especially with the ground saturated and the trees weakened from previous storms. The trees will do further damage by landing on cars and structures.

Winds will blow over the rest of the Northeast. A few powerful gusts will batter the ridges.

Northern Maine and most of Atlantic Canada will remain untouched by the storm, which will not push that far north.

The storm will instead press out to sea on Monday, but it will first produce some more rain and gusty winds along the Northeast's Interstate 95 corridor that day. Coastal flooding will remain a concern along north- and northeast-facing beaches.


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