A rare strong coastal storm for June will bring heavy rain, gusty winds and flooding problems from New York City to Boston Thursday night into Friday.
It's as if Mother Nature thought it was still March or early April with a storm forecast by AccuWeather.com meteorologists to quickly spin up into a nor'easter.
The non-tropical storm will belt areas from northern and coastal New Jersey to eastern Massachusetts with a period of windswept, drenching rain Thursday night into Friday morning.
Enough rain could fall to cause flash, urban and small stream flooding.
Lesser rain will generally fall over northern New England. However, there could be a few pockets of flash and small stream flooding.
Wind gusts with the storm system, ranging between 30 and 50 mph near the coast can topple weakly rooted trees and break large tree limbs off.
As a result of the wind and rain, there can be significant travel delays and sporadic power outages.
While the effects of the storm will be brief, an onshore component of the wind (north to northeast) for a time will bring coastal water levels to a foot or two above published values.
Minor flooding is possible at time of high tide along the north shore of Long Island, the eastern shore of Massachusetts and the vicinity of Raritan Bay, N.J.
Fortunately tides are not especially high during this part of the month with a first-quarter moon on June 16.
The storm will roll off to the northeast Friday. Rough surf and seas will linger for a time along New England and Long Island.
The storm system is assisting in the formation of lines, complexes and individual severe thunderstorms farther south over the mid-Atlantic to the Carolinas Thursday.
The storms bring the full spectrum of severe weather ranging from damaging wind gusts, flash flooding, hail and frequent lightning to tornadoes.
The storms have already disrupted play at the U.S. Open at Ardmore, Pa.