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Floodwaters inundate New York subways, streets as heavy rain soaks the Northeast

By Jennifer Fabiano, AccuWeather staff writer
April 16, 2018, 5:51:00 PM EDT

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The northeastern United States is facing severe weather, including flooding downpours and strong winds. In New York City, travel disruptions are mounting as streets and subway stations fill with rain.

Hundreds of flights were canceled and delayed at airports across the region, including John F. Kennedy International Airport and Logan International Airport.

Central Park had some of the heaviest rainfall in the area with 3.28 inches by noon, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

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NYPD and FDNY respond to stuck vehicles on flooded streets on Monday morning. (Photo/@NYPS33Pct)


“The area was hit by a very strong, potent system,” Dombek said. “The air mass came up from the Gulf states and combined with air coming off the Atlantic Ocean, so it had a lot of moisture with it.”

Many areas in and around New York City experienced thunder and at least 3 inches of rain over a six- to eight-hour period, which created prime conditions for flooding and morning commute travel delays. Pictures and videos of rain leaking into underground subway stations flooded social media as people headed to work Monday morning.


The heaviest rain shifted out of the city on Monday afternoon. A few showers will move through the city on Tuesday, but should not be enough to spur another round of major flooding.

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The system unleashing the torrents of rain also soaked parts of New England, leading to poor conditions for those running in the Boston Marathon.

Several Boston Marathon runners reportedly started to experience symptoms of hypothermia due to the rainy and chilly conditions.

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Severe flooding caused the closure of northbound lanes on the Henry Hudson and 178 Street. (Photo/NYPD33Pct/Twitter)

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