09-29-2023, 5:56 PM

One of the wettest days in New York City in decades, with streets and subways flooded with water

Friday was one of the wettest days in New York City in decades. It poured rain hard, shutting down several subway and commuter rail lines, leaving cars stuck on the highways, flooding basements, and closing a LaGuardia Airport terminal.

According to the weather and city officials, it rained almost 7 inches (18 centimeters) in some parts of Brooklyn by noon. In one place, it rained 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) in just one hour. The National Weather Service said that the nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain at John F. Kennedy Airport broke the previous record for any September day, which was set during Hurricane Donna in 1960. 

Two years ago, the remains of Hurricane Ida dumped record-breaking rain on the Northeast. At least 13 people were killed in New York City, mostly in flooded basement apartments. So far, no deaths or serious injuries have been linked to Friday's storm, but it brought back scary memories.

People were told to stay put if they could by Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams, who both announced states of emergency.

Almost all of the subway lines were either partially shut down, relocated, or running<extra_id_-1> late. Commuter train service from Manhattan on Metro-North was shut down for most of the day, but it started running again in the evening. Transit officials said that 44 of the city's 3,500 buses got stuck on the Long Island Rail Road and that bus service was hampered across the whole city.

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