It’ll be a wet weekend for much of the Northeast — no matter what Joaquin …

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Ending September On A Wet Note, Watching Joaquin.

More rain expected through the end of the week will intensify flooding in Massachusetts and southern New England while Hurricane Joaquin is expected to barrel up the eastern seaboard.NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Tri-State area is keeping a close eye on Joaquin, which strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning as it neared the Bahamas.PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Heavy rain and wind across Rhode Island are causing problems on the roadways, and forecasters are warning they could cause minor coastal flooding, as well as flooding on city streets. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service has lifted flood watches for most of the eastern half of upstate New York after a storm dumped more than two inches of rain across the region.

A significant storm system was poised to move into New England late Tuesday, forecasters say, bringing a risk of high winds and flooding that could last into the weekend. After an abnormally dry July and August, the recent rainfall brought Philadelphia’s total for September to 6″ even, 2.35 above average for the month.

Areas along the southern coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island could see coastal flooding, while inland areas are advised to look out for rising water levels on roads and in streams. Most of New Jersey and a small part of New York City are currently in the storm’s possible path, according to the NHC, and the area could see the effects late this weekend. The steady rain is departing this Wednesday morning, and we’re expecting a dry window through later tomorrow before rain returns to the picture yet again.

She said the precipitation would travel to the Eastern part of the state Wednesday morning. “Anytime there’s a situation where there is heavy rain we would encourage people to keep their speeds down,” said Sergeant Tom Ryan. “It would be better to not travel in the left lane on the highways because there is often pooling.” The weather moved in before forecasters determined a clear path for Tropical Storm Joaquin. Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said his town is much better prepared for a possible Joaquin landing than it was for the Superstorm Sandy invasion, which flooded 1,300 homes in his town in October 2012. “By lowering this lake, we help mitigate against flooding into all the homes that surround it,” Doherty said. “We have hundreds of families that are right now scared. “We know it’s coming,” Doherty told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “So it’s our obligation as a town to prepare for it, and then that’s what we’re doing far in advance, and we’re going to be very aggressive about it.” PSEG Long Island said it is performing system checks on critical equipment, making sure it is stocked up on essential inventory such as fuel, and will have personnel on hand to deal with any weather-related outages. “We have activated our storm preparedness plans so we can respond quickly to the approaching weather,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency officials said they would meet tomorrow to “plan Massachusetts’ response to and recovery from the impacts of a landfall or close pass by Joaquin to the New England region.” “While the current forecast suggests that the hurricane may make landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region, the forecast track likely will continue to change as the storm moves up the East Coast,” the emergency agency said in a statement. “The impacts of Joaquin on Massachusetts will depend on its exact track and strength, but if it passes close by or makes landfall in the New England region, flooding rains, damaging winds, and coastal flooding are likely.” Calling this a tricky forecast is an understatement; a variety of factors over the next 24-48 hours will help decide what exactly Joaquin does by the weekend, and it’s level of impact on the United States.

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