Coastal storms, including nor'easters, tropical storms and hurricanes, can and do affect New York City. With sustained winds of 74 mph or greater, hurricanes can flatten buildings, topple trees and turn loose objects into deadly projectiles. A major hurricane could push more than 30 feet of storm surge into some parts of New York City.
A geographic phenomenon called the "New York Bight" will magnify a hurricane's effects on the land. The New York Bight occurs because the New York and New Jersey coastlines meet at a right angle. The New York Bight will guide storm surge directly into New York City, amplifying flooding and related damage.
It's important New Yorkers take the time to prepare. All residents should have a plan in the event they need to evacuate or ride out the storm at home.