In a distressing turn of events, multiple subway lines in New York City were forced to shut down as torrential rain pounded the metropolitan area. Streets across the city were also inundated, creating chaos and prompting urgent flood warnings.
The sudden and intense flash flooding wreaked havoc on roadways and disrupted air travel. Authorities on Friday issued a stern advisory to residents residing in basement apartments, urging them to seek higher ground as the situation unfolded.
A determined individual can be seen in Brooklyn, New York, clearing debris from a drain as a car cautiously navigates its way through the floodwaters (AFP).
New York Governor Kathy Hochul expressed her concern, stating, “Heavy rain is expected throughout downstate today, and we’re closely monitoring any potential flash flooding impacts due to the substantial rainfall forecast.”
This unfortunate incident bears eerie similarities to the devastating flash floods that struck the region in September 2021. During that tragic event, more than 40 lives were lost in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. The flash floods were a consequence of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, serving as a stark reminder of the region’s vulnerability to extreme weather events.
As the situation continues to evolve, residents and authorities are bracing themselves, hoping for swift relief from the relentless rain and its potentially catastrophic consequences.
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Source: Hindustan Times