Mayor Adams Declares State of Emergency in Flood-hit NYC

By A Correspondent
Water entered the subway system inn many places. (PakistanWeek photo)

New York City Mayor Ericv Adams declared a state of local emergency in New York City after tropical storm Ophelia unleashed flash floods in many parts of the city. Met office said the parts of the city could receive as much as 8 inches of rain. The intense spell of the rain drenched the city early on Friday, September 29, dumping almost 4.7 inches of rain in just three hours in parts of Brooklyn.

State emergency was also declared in Long Island and Hudson valley as tropical storm Ophelia made its way through the region. Parts of NYC’s subway system was flooded and train service was suspended on several train lines.

Mayor Adams told a media briefing the city could receive as much as 7-8 inches of rain after the storm has passed the region. The heavy downpour started early in the morning in Friday, September 29. He said National Guards were called out in areas worst hit by rain. Here are somme highlights of the storm:

In Brooklyn: A month’s worth of rain, up to 4.5 inches, fell in only 3 hours on Friday morning, according to National Weather Service data. This three-hour rainfall total is only expected about once every 100 years in Brooklyn, according to NOAA estimates.

In Manhattan: Nearly 2 inches of rain fell in one hour in Central Park, the second-wettest hour there in 80 years. More than 5 inches of rain have fallen there so far

In Queens: It’s wettest-day on record at John F. Kennedy International Airport, preliminary data from the National Weather Service shows. At least 7.88 inches of rain that has fallen there since midnight.

Terminal A at LaGuardia Airport was also closed because of flooding

The heavy downpour overwhelmed the city’s sewer system that is designed to flush out a downpour at the rate of less than 2 inches per hour

More than 23 million people were under flood watch in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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