New York put under state of emergency amid heavy rainfall, flash flooding

New York put under state of emergency amid heavy rainfall, flash flooding

New York (Web Desk): Heavy downpours triggered flash flooding in New York on Friday morning, disrupting life, flights, and subway service in the United States’ (US) most populous city and turning many of its streets into small lakes.

Parts of the city's subway system have been shut down and several flights were delayed due to forced closure of LaGuardia airport terminal. Traffic halted on some major roads as water rose above car tires and some drivers abandoned their vehicles.

Towards Friday evening, the extreme rainfall eased, but officials warned that flood risks remain.

More than 7.25 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, by nightfall, with at least one spot seeing 2.5 inches in a single hour, according to weather and city officials.

The 8.65 inches at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport surpassed its record for any September day, a bar set during Hurricane Donna in 1960, the National Weather Service said.

A flash flood warning remained in effect for New York City, with the National Weather Service advising citizens to "Remember to practice flood safety- NEVER walk or drive into flood waters, turn around don't drown!"

The extreme rainfall prompted New York Governor Kathy Hochul to declare a state of emergency for New York City, and its suburbs of Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

“Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads,” she said in a message posted on the X social media platform.

Visuals shared online show flooded streets and highways, and water pouring into subway stations and basements. 

As the planet warms, storms are forming in a hotter atmosphere that can hold more moisture, making extreme rainfall more frequent, according to atmospheric scientists.