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    NYC Faces a Soaking, Partially From Karen

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    October 07, 2013, 9:41:57 AM EDT

    A soaking is on tap for New York City late Monday with Karen partially to blame.

    An approaching cold front and some moisture from Karen, now a tropical rainstorm, will combine to spread a band of heavy rain through New York City Monday evening.

    Monday will turn increasingly wet in New York City as a damp start with low-hanging clouds, patchy fog and a passing shower give way to steadier periods of rain arriving in the afternoon.

    The heaviest rain will come during the Monday evening commute.


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    The downpours threaten to slow down motorists by reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.

    Umbrellas will be a necessity for those traveling by foot. Airline passengers could encounter delays, even in the morning from the clouds and fog.

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    The rain will amount to around an inch in less than six hours. There will be locally higher amounts, and that is where AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be most concerned for flash flooding to occur.

    Low-lying and poor drainage areas will be most susceptible to flooding problems.


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    A burst of strong winds capable of causing minor tree damage and sporadic power outages could accompany one or two of the heaviest downpours.

    Sustained southerly winds will also increase as Monday progresses with speeds ranging from 12 to 25 mph for the afternoon. Winds on the higher end of that range, with stronger gusts, will be most common near the coast, where seas will turn rough for swimmers and small craft.

    Following the passage of the cold front, a drier day with the return of sunshine will unfold for Tuesday. Highs in the lower 70s will compliment not only this day, but also Wednesday.

    Beyond midweek, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring the possibility of a storm developing near the East Coast and ruining the sunny forecasts for later in the week.

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