New Jersey hit by tropical rain, flooding

June 7, 2013 8:20:50 PM PDT
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings as heavy rain from Tropical Storm Andrea drenched New Jersey.

NJ Transit is cross-honored tickets on its trains and buses. Newark Liberty International Airport reported delays and advised travelers to call ahead and check flight status.

The National Weather Service says up to five inches of rain had fallen across the New York area by late Friday night. Periods of heavy rain overnight could bring a couple of more inches before the remnants of Andrea pass by.

While the additional rain could spark more flash flooding, most rivers were expected to remain in their banks, although a few may approach bankfull, officials said.

In Hoboken, where flooding is a continual problem, the water rose quickly and turned Madison Avenue into a river between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Before the storm, Hoboken offered discounted parking at two garages as a precaution and crews cleaned storm drains and manholes.

"We've activated our emergency response team, our CERT team," Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said.

Jersey City also set up barricades along flood-prone streets ahead of the heavy rain.

Beach erosion was not expected to be a problem along the Jersey Shore, but there was a high rip current risk with surf heights of 4 to 6 feet, officials said.

The first tropical system of the season arrived with the memory of Superstorm Sandy still fresh in everyone's minds. That storm devastated the state, causing tens of billions of dollars in damage and wiping out or damaging hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.