In case you missed it: Heavy rain inundates NYC subway; Flooding, landslides strand citizens in Hawaii

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
April 20, 2018, 9:39:40 AM EDT


Rain dripped through subway platforms, flooded underpasses and led to flight cancellations after a potent storm hit New York City over the weekend and early this week.

Central Park received some of the heaviest rainfall in the area with 3.28 inches in mere hours, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek. Parts of the city experienced thunder and at least 3 inches of rain over a six- to eight-hour period.

The system responsible for the intense rain targeted the Northeast, soaking New England as the Boston Marathon took place. Several runners reportedly started to experience symptoms of hypothermia due to the rainy and chilly conditions.

Meanwhile, in Hawaii, torrential rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across Kauai over the weekend.

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In this Monday, April 16, 2018, photo provided by the Office of the Governor, Hawaii, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, left, flies over the flood-damaged areas of the island of Kauai. Heavy rains on Kauai let up on Monday, which helped emergency workers better rescue people stranded by flooding on the island. Ige were in a helicopter Monday assessing the damage and rescue needs on the island. (Courtesy of Hawaii Governor's Office via AP)


Numerous water rescues were initiated due to the flooding. The U.S. Coast Guard said it assisted local authorities to rescue hikers in the vicinity of Hanalei Bay on Sunday.

Emergency workers rescued people by using jet skis as waters rose between 5 and 8 feet above average along the North Shore.

It rained so much in Hanalei that the National Weather Service rain gauge stopped working. The gauge recorded 28.15 inches of rain before failing, meaning a daily record was likely broken.

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Fires raged in parts of the southwestern U.S. this week, leading to evacuations for some communities.

The Rhea Fire has burned more than 400,000 acres near Oakwood, Oklahoma.


Warm weather spread across the United Kingdom this week as many cities were graced with the warmest day of 2018 so far.

The high in London topped 80 F (27 degrees C) on Thursday, prompting scores of people to make the most of the warmth in parks, beer gardens and rooftop bars.

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