The torrential downpour that rained down on New York City this morning and through most of the afternoon may have subsided, but it has left a trail of havoc for New Yorkers to contend with.
The rain started pouring down at about 8 a.m. today, and subsided close to 3 p.m., but a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service still remains in effect until 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with affected areas including large parts of New York City, Westchester County, Jersey City, Newark, and several other cities in New Jersey.
The downpour has caused heavy flooding on the West Side Highway, and the city has shuttered the road between West 24th and 34th Streets in both directions, DNAinfo reports. That part of the highway was submerged in up to three feet of water (!!).
Flooding has closed a portion of the West Side Highway in both directions: https://t.co/R9QFtPOG6f pic.twitter.com/4uqSnFssp1— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) May 5, 2017
Penn Station was already having a rough week what its leaky roof, and the proposed Amtrak repairs, but the rain only added to that pain with the main entrance to the station being shut down for an hour this afternoon.
The main entrance at West 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, and another staircase at West 31st Street were closed between 1 to 2 p.m. this afternoon, and two tracks at the station remained closed because of flooding.
Flooding shuts down part of stairwell at #pennstation at 7&31. Lot of slippery areas inside #Penn as well. Be safe. Go slow. @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/CGwila2uEc— Marc Santia (@MarcSantia4NY) May 5, 2017
People did not lose their sense of humor through all of the chaos.
@danrivoli @mccanner @Amtrak Penn Station is a demilitarized zone where there are simultaneously no laws and all of the laws, enforced selectively through chaos— Aaron Morrissey (@amorrissey) May 5, 2017
Another notorious transit hub, the World Trade Center Transit Hub, that has been plagued by a leaky roof for years now, experienced more of the same today. So much for that $4 billion!
The Oculus roof is leaking. It's raining INSIDE New York's $4 billion train station pic.twitter.com/rEntVCqcVY— Jen Wieczner (@jenwieczner) May 5, 2017
The National Weather Service estimates that the affected areas received between one to three inches of rain within the span of just one hour this afternoon. It’s not over yet, however. While the worst might have passed, the weather forecast predicts light rain into the evening and early tomorrow, with more of the same to follow tomorrow evening.
A flood warning is in effect. If you can stay inside, stay inside. If not, please exercise caution. Stay dry and stay safe, NYC! https://t.co/5XOh9VUSEg— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 5, 2017