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Wet Wednesday Before Thanksgiving Thursday

Nyack, Wed 27 — There are some family members who just demand a little more attention around Thanksgiving. This year, Mother Nature is one of them.

The Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services says we could see downpours as much as 1/2 inch per hour through early Wednesday afternoon, totaling two to four inches of rainfall. It’s bound to make the roads slippery and delay flights on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

It Takes A Village: Thursday's Rain On Main. ©2013 Kipp T. JardenToday is also the last day outdoors for the Nyack Farmer’s Market before the weekly event moves inside on Dec 5 to wait out the winter in the Nyack Center. Stop by the Riverspace parking lot at Franklin and Main from 8a-2p — just remember to bring your umbrella.

And don’t forget to take out the trash before you head out for work or hit the roads. The Village of Nyack’s DPW will be making their usual Thursday pickups on Wednesday. There won’t be any pickup on either Thursday or Friday this week.

If you are traveling across Rockland, into Westchester or south to the New York City, there will be additional buses and trains today and schedule changes for the TZx, TOR and TRIPS during Thanksgiving week 2013.

Tappan Zee Express: Extra TZx buses will operate from Tarrytown Rail Station according to normal afternoon schedules in anticipation of early getaway passengers from Metro-North trains. Metro-North Hudson Line trains will provide early getaway service. For a Special Thanksgiving Weekend schedule, go to There will be no service on Thursday and regular weekday service on Friday.

Local utility Orange & Rockland says they are taking the Big Rains seriously, implementing a company-wide “Storm Watch” yesterday in anticipation of today’s weather. “The first-response organizations within the company will be ramped up so they are ready to work at the first sign of storm-related damage,” reported an O&R press release. If you lose power, you can report your status at the O&R website.

Here are the specifics from the county about the rain we can expect today:

Freshwater urban flooding caused by a 2 to 4 inch rainfall, with maximum hourly rates of 1/2 inch per hour, mainly from after midnight through early Wednesday afternoon. Safety recommendations include removing debris from clogged drains, especially fallen leafs and ensuring extra water pumps are on hand for removing excess water from low lying poor drainage areas. Stay tuned for a Flood Watch.

Strong winds from the southeast then south at 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph along the coast from NYC and Hudson County east, including Southern Westchester County, Long Island, Coastal Fairfield and New Haven Counties, and ALL of Middlesex and New London Counties. A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 2p Wednesday. Prepare for possible interruptions of power caused by downed tree limbs and power lines, along with possibly a few trees.

Illustration: “It Takes A Village: Thursday’s Rain On Main” 6/25/2011 by ©2013 Kipp Jarden

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