New York City is currently experiencing heavy rain and flooding, leading to a state of emergency being declared by Governor Kathy Hochul. The flooding has affected subways, roads, and basements, making for an extremely challenging and dangerous Friday morning commute.
The Extent of the Flooding
Forecasts are reinforcing the potential for heavy rain centered around the NYC area from Friday into Saturday morning. A flood watch is in effect through 6 a.m. Saturday for the entire tri-state area, with rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour expected at times. Throughout the region, at very least 2-4 inches can be expected, while some areas can expect to see between 5-8 inches before the storms move on.
Parts of New York City have already seen five inches of rain as of 11 a.m. on Friday, and flash flood warnings were issued for much of NYC and surrounding counties in New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, and into Connecticut into the early afternoon, and were likely to be extended further.
Up to a foot of inundation above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways, according to the National Weather Service.
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Impact on Transportation
The heavy rain and flooding have led to subway and rail service suspensions and the closure of a terminal at LaGuardia Airport. The flooding has also led to abandoned vehicles on the FDR Drive.
Response to the Flooding
New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for the New York City area as torrential rain floods roads, basements, and subways. Mayor Eric Adams has urged residents to stay indoors and avoid travel if possible.
The heavy rain and flooding in New York City have led to a state of emergency being declared and have caused significant disruptions to transportation. Residents are urged to stay indoors and avoid travel if possible.