Record-breaking rainfall brings New York City to its knees
 
 
 
 
 
 

New York City engulfed by floods on the wettest day on record

The Big Apple was inundated with over seven inches of rainfall
/ 12:02 AM October 02, 2023

New York City engulfed by floods on wettest day on record

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New York City flooding has made quite a buzz over the weekend as the city that never sleeps was submerged in water following heavy rainfall.

The torrential downpour heavily flooded the streets, subways, homes, and even forced animals to escape the zoo.

Over the weekend, the floods still dominated the headlines with rail services grinding to a halt, basements looking like indoor pools, and highways transforming into aquatic worlds. LaGuardia Airport even pulled down its shutters, resulting in 20,525 flight delays and 681 cancellations, according to FlightAware.

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NYC flood map

A map showing the area of New York under a flash flood warning, denoted in dark red, until 8:15 a.m. ET on September 29, 2023. It includes the NYC boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn as well as part of Long Island -National Weather Service/Photo from newsweek.com

A map showing the area of New York under a flash flood warning, denoted in dark red, until 8:15 a.m. ET on September 29, 2023. It includes the NYC boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn as well as part of Long Island.NWS

Brooklyn experienced most of the deluge with over 7.25 inches of rain or 18.41 centimeters on Sept. 30, Saturday. As a result, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported city-spread delays and outages, causing a citywide commute catastrophes.

All this rain was caused by the tail end of tropical storm Ophelia along with a west-bound mid-latitude system. Couple this with the possible effects of global warming that creates frequent and intense rainfall as well as the revelation that the city is sinking, and you’ve got a recipe for calamities.

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NYC under state of emergency

As the rain created flash floods that brought the city to its knees, Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency on Sept. 30 while Mayor Eric Adams urged New Yorkers to stay indoors as emergency warnings courtesy of the National Weather Service alerted mobile phones over the weekend

“A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in effect for this area until 12:30pm EDT,” it read. “This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order.”

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In addition, the New York City flooding also took a major toll on the subways with Manhattan’s Metro-North rail transit suspension. The Long Island Rail Road was also left tangled up, leaving a fleet of buses stranded.

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Social media blew up

The commotion wasn’t just on the flooded streets as social media became a platform for the harsh reality unfolding in New York City. Even tech mogul Elon Musk chimed in, posting “Does anyone know what caused this?”


Meanwhile, X News Monitor shared a video of shoppers inside a supermarket struggling underwater to buy their needs.


Even animals weren’t spared when a video of sea lions escaping the Central Park Zoo circulated.

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