A state of emergency has been declared in New York City as a result of violent storms that caused extensive flash flooding. In several areas of the city, the subway systems, streets, and roads are backed up, and a terminal at LaGuardia Airport has been closed.
According to Kathy Hochul, governor of New York State, some locations saw up to five inches of rainfall over the course of one night, and another seven inches of rain are potentially possible.
Kathy Hochul in a tweet said, “I am declaring a State of Emergency across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the extreme rainfall we’re seeing throughout the region. Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads.”
There are forecasted rainfall rates of up to two inches per hour at times. Before the storm system passes away, a minimum of 2-4 inches of precipitation is expected across the region, with some places bracing for as much as 5-8 inches. Some areas of New York City have already received five inches of rain as of 11 a.m.
Throughout the early afternoon, flash flood warnings have been issued for a sizable chunk of NYC and the adjacent counties in New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, and extending into Connecticut.
New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams described the present weather as “dangerous” and highlighted that, despite small breaks in the rain, the situation is far from over. He issued a warning that until the storm abates, there could be up to eight inches of extra rain. He gave the precautionary advice to stay put and find shelter for anyone who is at work or school.