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Hurricane Makes Landfall in North Carolina

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Much of the East Coast of the United States will get a soaking, forecasters say. The National Hurricane Center said on Monday that tropical storm warnings and watches were in effect all way up the Eastern Seaboard, including Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Stonington, Maine.

With three to six inches expected across the eastern Carolinas and Virginia and isolated areas getting up to eight inches, significant flash floods and urban flooding is can be expected through the middle of the week, and widespread minor to moderate river flooding is possible in the region. The rain could be at its heaviest in the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, forecasters said, with as much as seven inches falling there in just eight hours.

“People don’t realize it, but in the Mid-Atlantic and a lot of areas, flooding actually causes the most loss of life and damage,” said Jeremy Geiger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “So be aware of where you live, and what’s going on.”

Heavy rainfall in northeast New Jersey, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley was expected to begin late Monday night, building into heavier downpours by Tuesday afternoon and evening, according to Matthew Wunsch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Emergency management officials in New York City said the storm might bring three to six inches of rain in some areas.

Winds are expected to pick up on Tuesday afternoon, he said. Sustained winds could be between 30 to 45 m.p.h., with gusts up to 65 m.p.h.

Tuesday night could bring the possibility of flooding along the southern coast of Long Island and the New Jersey coastline near New York City, Mr. Wunsch said. He said coastal flooding was expected to coincide with high tide, which is between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Tuesday, bringing an additional one to two feet of storm surge. New York City said that it would close all city-run beaches to swimming on Tuesday, though surfing will be permitted in certain areas, officials said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that the state was deploying high-water vehicles, pumps and generators to areas that might be affected by the storm.

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