Port Authority Readies For Major Storm

March 01, 2018 - 6:55 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Port Authority is getting ready for a major storm expected to hit our area late Thursday night.

The nor'easter is expected to bring with it heavy rain, wet snow and near hurricane force winds.

The National Weather Service currently forecasts that rain will begin late tonight and continue all day Friday into the early morning hours of Saturday.  The forecast calls for 2 to 3 inches of rain and wet snow and wind gusts up to 60 mph.

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In preparation for the storm, the Port Authority will activate its Emergency Operations Center in Jersey City at 7 a.m. Friday to monitor storm conditions. Separate Emergency Operations Centers will also be activated at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. 

In advance of the storm, the PA has made plans to provide busing in the event that service on AirTrain Newark or AirTrain JFK must be suspended due to high winds. At LaGuardia Airport, which sits along Flushing Bay, staff have secured cranes and other construction equipment being used as part of the airport’s redevelopment program. 

Airlines also are making decisions about whether flights will be cancelled in advance, so travelers should check with their carriers to make sure their flights will be taking off Thursday evening and Friday. If warranted, the Port Authority also is prepared to accommodate ticketed passengers who may become stranded at the airports.

At the tunnels and bridges, Port Authority staff have cleared storm drains and catch basins and checked pumps in the event that heavy rain causes road flooding.

The Port Authority also urges bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the bus terminals since many public and private carriers may cancel or delay service if conditions warrant.

The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings, or close them entirely based on weather conditions.