New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency throughout New York City on Friday, responding to recent flooding which has threatened the safety of New Yorkers.
The aftermath of Tropical Storm Ophelia continues to beleaguer New York City, unleashing life-threatening flash floods on Friday. The deluge, a result of the storm’s remnants, severely impacted the already waterlogged city, dumping several inches of rain within a few hours.
“All of New York City’s five boroughs were under Flash Flood Warnings Friday, as torrential rains flooded streets and subway stations, causing massive system-side disruptions to rail and bus services,” reported Fox Weather.
“I want to say to all New Yorkers, this is time for heightened alertness and extreme caution,” Mayor Eric Adams said. His stern advice to residents was to remain indoors, whether at home, work, or school, as navigating through the city had become perilous, especially with some subway stations inundated.
The onslaught of rain was particularly harsh in Brooklyn where almost seven inches of rainfall was recorded by midday. This torrential downpour manifested dramatically at the B/Q 7th Avenue subway station, which found itself submerged due to the overwhelming rainwater.
Widespread rainfall, varying between three-to-five inches, was forecasted across New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, though some areas witnessed a staggering seven inches. The severity of the situation prompted Hochul to declare a state of emergency across the affected regions, underscoring the dire circumstances engendered by the extreme rainfall.
The adverse weather conditions extended to New Jersey where streets were also flooded, disrupting traffic and daily activities. Emergency services responded to numerous calls for assistance, highlighting the region’s vulnerability to severe weather. Amid the crisis, local governments activated emergency protocols to manage the situation and ensure public safety.
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