New York Flash Floods: Heavy rainfall submerges streets, subway; internet reacts in horror
Flooding in New York causes disruptions in subway system and airport, leads to state of emergency declaration.
Intense overnight rainfall in the northeastern United States resulted in some areas of New York experiencing flooding on Friday, leading to disruptions in the subway system and at airports in the nation's financial hub.
"If you are home, stay home. If you are at work or school, shelter in place for now, some of our subways are flooded and it's extremely difficult to move around the city," he said.
A username Steve Hanke tweeted, writing, “Earlier today, New York City declared a state of emergency after heavy rains created flash flooding. Part of the NYC subway system was completely submerged."
Store owners in flooded shops were making efforts to safeguard their merchandise and push the water out onto the streets.
Another username, Defcontv, wrote, “The seal enclosure at the Central Park Zoo has flooded the animals to swim through all the available space."
The extensive subway network in New York was also impacted, leading to the closure of several lines in Brooklyn.
Sophia Kianni wrote, “So scary, New York City is flooding! The governor has declared a state of emergency. Climate change will only continue to make this worse."
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a formal state of emergency for the city of 8.5 million residents, as well as its heavily populated neighbouring areas such as Long Island to the east and the Hudson River Valley to the north.
The National Weather Service issued a warning of continued flooding risk until late Friday, with the potential for rainfall rates of up to two inches (5.1 centimeters) per hour.
They also indicated that the total rainfall accumulation on Friday could reach as high as seven inches (18 centimeters).
Within the subway system, which ranks among the world's largest with 420 stations and over 30 lines, water cascaded down staircases and infiltrated the ceilings of certain stations.
A username Aldrich, “People of New York!!! You are on your own!"