Florence Remnants In NYC

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Roads, Subway Stations Flooded As Remnants Of Florence Hit Tri-State Area

September 18, 2018 - 12:40 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- The remnants of Florence soaked the Big Apple Tuesday, flooding roads and sending water pouring into subway stations.

Flash flooding and gusty winds are possible as heavy showers and thunderstorms make their way through the region Tuesday. A flash flood watch is in effect for New York City until 7 p.m. Tuesday. AccuWeather reported some areas could see up to 5 inches of rain.

Florence will move at a faster pace across the Northeast then it did when it hit the Carolinas.

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"They just keep on moving, that's a good thing, unlike when Florence first went into the Carolina coastline things just were not moving but now they're going at a normal pace for thunderstorms," WCBS 880's Chief Meteorologist Craig Allen said.

Although the storm no longer has tropical circulation, Allen warns it still packs a punch.

"We don't want to underestimate the power of what's left of Florence," Allen said.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, some parts of North Carolina got 35 inches of rain from Florence. New York only got about four. But that was enough to cause some big problems.

Early Tuesday morning, thunderstorms developed off the Rockaways and moved northeast toward the south shore of Long Island. Old Bridge, Sayerville, Belleville, Orange and Kearny also saw some downpours.

Wind-whipped rain came pouring down in Lower Manhattan midday, prompting many people in the street to seek shelter under scaffolds, alcoves and awnings.

Water also came rushing down, cascading onto the platform and tracks at 34th Street-Penn Station along the ACE subway line, briefly disrupting service. 

At the 42nd Street-Bryant Park subway station, water came falling straight through the doors of a stopped train.

At the First Avenue stop on the L Train, video showed people wading through ankle-deep water just to get through turnstiles.

The L Train station video caught the attention of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Twitter. Johnson called it “unacceptable and unreal” and added, “We all deserve better than this.”

There were plenty of problems on the roads too. The usual spots on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Belt Parkway got hammered.

In Queens, cars struggled to make their way through a flooded road at 37th Avenue and 48th Street.

On Monday, a microburst downed tress and power lines, closing many roads in Summit, New Jersey. 

Showers are expected to end Tuesday night.