Severe storm causes flash flooding in New York

Severe storm causes flash flooding in New York

July 23, 2019 By mediabest

First blackouts, then a heatwave and now FLOODING: Severe storms and heavy downpours leaves New York streets underwater less than 24 hours after the temperatures hit 100F

  • Heavy rain caused flooding in streets and subway stations across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey on Monday night 
  • Footage filmed by bystanders captured a woman wading through knee deep water in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg 
  • In other parts of Brooklyn, parked cars were nearly completely submerged by floodwaters 
  • Subway stations also experienced rains pouring through and onto the platforms
  • A flash flood warning had earlier been issued by the National Weather Service
  • The hellish storm comes after New Yorkers experienced sweltering 100 degree temperatures over the weekend that resulted in widespread blackouts 

A severe storm has brought flash flooding and torrential rains to New York just after a brutal heatwave plagued the city and caused chaos due to power outages. 

Heavy rain caused flooding in streets and subway stations across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey on Monday night.

Footage filmed by bystanders captured a woman wading through knee deep water in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg.

In other parts of Brooklyn, parked cars were nearly completely submerged by floodwaters. Full garbage bags and traffic cones could also be seen floating down streets following the hellish storm. 

Heavy rain caused flooding in streets and subway stations across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey on Monday night


In parts of Brooklyn, parked cars were nearly completely submerged by floodwaters after the rain subsided 

Subway stations also experienced rains pouring through and onto the platforms. 

There was significant flooding on highways in Queens, including the Long Island Expressway and Francis Lewis Boulevard. 

Neighborhoods in Brooklyn affected by the severe floods included Park Slope, Borough Park and Williamsburg. 

Parts of Staten Island were also heavily affected by floodwaters and downed trees and heavy hail was reported in New Jersey. 

A flash flood warning had earlier been issued by the National Weather Service. 

New York City Speaker Corey Johnson said the Department of Environment Protection was sending personnel out to clear catch basins. 

‘Street debris gets swept on top of sewer grates and blocks water from entering. Personnel will rake and clear the tops of the basins and flooding should subside,’ he tweeted. 

One woman in Queens didn’t wait for authorities and was spotted removing debris with a traffic cone to help reduce the flooding.  

There was significant flooding on highways in Queens, including the Long Island Expressway and Francis Lewis Boulevard

The severe storm brought flash flooding and torrential rains on Monday night after a brutal heatwave plagued the city and caused chaos due to power outages at the weekend


Subway stations also experienced rains pouring through and onto the platforms

The Department of Environment Protection said it was sending personnel out to clear debris from sewer grates, but one woman in Queens opted to do it herself

The hellish storm comes after New Yorkers experienced sweltering 100 degree temperatures over the weekend.  

All five boroughs and northern suburbs of New York were hit with scattered blackouts on Sunday as the grid struggled due to the heat. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ripped into energy company Con Edison for failing to prevent sweeping blackouts that left over 50,000 without power. 

Brooklyn was hit the hardest with the outages. 

As a result of the outages, senior citizens in nursing homes with cut power were transferred to air conditioned buses to stay cool.

Manholes in Brooklyn even started to burn as a result of the outages.  

New York City hit a new record high for weekend power consumption on Sunday as residents blasted their air conditioners to stay cool in the blistering heat wave that has baked the state in 90 degree weather for a week. 

Con Edison issued a statement to customers via e-mail, text and Twitter to conserve energy by reducing the usage of non-essential electronics such as clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, and unneeded lighting. 

The Big Apple saw a similar blackout last weekend when about 73,000 customers lost power in Manhattan for several hours. 

The hellish storm comes after New Yorkers experienced sweltering 100 degree temperatures over the weekend

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