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NEW YORK (WABC) — With heavy rain and high winds expected from a nor’easter Monday night into Tuesday, communities around the Tri-State region have begun to prepare.

A flash flood watch has been expanded across the region ahead of the nor’easter, with 2 to 4 inches of rain expected – even more in some areas – and wind gusts as high as 30-40 mph or more.

New York City Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory in response to the storm.

“This event may cause flooding in the city, including on highways, streets, underpasses, as well as other poor drainage or low-lying spots,” NYC Emergency Management Incoming Acting Commissioner Andrew D’Amora said. “New Yorkers should give themselves additional travel time and take the appropriate precautions if they must move about the city during the storm.”

In Nassau County, the Office of Emergency Management has been activated, County Executive Laura Curran told reporters during a briefing Monday.

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The measure ensures coordination between municipal agencies, transit agencies, the Red Cross throughout the county.

In addition, Curran said, Nassau County Police, medics and Marine Units are fully staffed and equipped to handle any potential disaster situation.

“Better to over-prepare than to be caught shorthanded,” Curran said.

With the worst of the storm expected Tuesday morning, officials advised residents to monitor news reports and be prepared to make alternate travel plans.

Tidal flooding remains a particular concern in Long Island communities, especially in the wake of Hurricanes Henri and Ida earlier this season.

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