NYC issues flash flood emergency warning as city is drenched with up to seven inches of rain in final blow from Tropical Storm Ophelia
- Nonstop rain is expected to impact 25 million people across New York on Friday
- The tri-state area including New Jersey and Connecticut will be affected
- New Yorkers were soaked during morning commutes as the streets flooded
New York City has issued a flash flood emergency warning as the city prepares to be dumped with up to seven inches of rain on Friday, as flash flooding hit the roads during rush hour – in a final blow from Tropical Storm Ophelia.
The downpour is expected to continue into Saturday and soak the tri-state area, with the National Weather Service extending a ‘moderate’ flood watch from 2am on Friday through the night.
The rainfall, which has already reached a rate of one to two inches an hour, significantly affected the morning commutes of millions of New Yorkers, with social media users sharing footage of the chaotic scene across the area.
While most of the tri-state area is expected to get three to five inches of rainfall, some areas further out from NYC’s five boroughs could get as much as seven. The counties of Nassau, Queens and Kings, which includes Brooklyn, are either experiencing flooding on Friday morning or expected to.
The area from Central New Jersey to Manhattan, Long Island and into Southern Connecticut and the Hudson Valley are forecast to see the most rainfall. Philadelphia and Boston could also see up to two inches of rain, and Hartford up to three inches or more.
New York City was drenched on Friday as flash flooding hit the roads during rush hour and up to seven inches of rain are forecast. Flooding in Brooklyn is pictured above
Nonstop rain is expected to impact 25million people across the New York tri-state area from 2am Friday through 6am Saturday
The rain is supposed to lighten by Friday evening but will spill into Saturday morning. City officials issued a travel advisory starting at 4am Friday through 6am Saturday, warning potential ‘widespread travel impacts’ during the morning commute.
‘We urge New Yorkers to prepare for heavy rain and potential flooding throughout Friday and Saturday morning,’ NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said.
‘All New Yorkers need to exercise caution. If you must travel, consider using public transportation and allow for extra travel time, and if you must drive, do not enter flooded roadways,’ he added.
The MTA is also trying to get ahead of the storm as workers started checking storm drains at the 157th Street subway station on Thursday.
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said: ‘No matter what we do, there is going to be water in the subway system … The good news is this system is designed to take water and to pump it out in huge amounts,’
The MTA will monitor conditions and make repairs as needed throughout the storm after activating its 24-hour situation room.
Lieber added in a statement: ‘This is a serious storm, and we’re taking it seriously.’
Even a mere inch of rain could lead to flooding in certain areas of NYC and nearby regions that still remain saturated from last weekend’s storm.
The rainfall, which has already reached a rate of one to two inches an hour, significantly affected the morning commutes of millions of New Yorkers
The downpours are occurring due to the remains of Tropical Storm Ophelia with converging winds located just to the north
The MTA tried o get ahead of the storm as workers started checking storm drains at the 157th Street subway station on Thursday
The downpours are caused by the remains of Tropical Storm Ophelia, experts said
The potential flood threat can be dangerous for cities like New York, considering how Hurricane Ida drowned 11 including a two-year-old boy in their basement apartments in 2021.
During Ida, the city experienced between six and ten inches of rain in 24 hours.
The downpours are occurring due to the remains of Tropical Storm Ophelia with converging winds located just to the north, Fox Weather meteorologist Greg Diamond told The Post.
New Yorkers were warned to prepare to seek higher ground on Sunday as post-tropical cyclone Ophelia continued to hammer the East Coast with wet weather.
Ophelia was a tropical storm at near-hurricane strength when it crashed down near Emerald Isle in North Carolina on September 24.
It knocked out power and flooded coastal streets. States of emergency were declared last week in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.