How was your commute today, New Yorkers? Thanks to the pounding storm that arrived in the city overnight, more than two inches of rain has already accumulated in some parts of the city, according to the National Weather Service.
And predictably, that excessive rain is causing problems for those making their way to work: There have been reports (on Twitter) of flooding all across the system—at station entrances, on platforms, and from the ceilings of the stops themselves. It’s gotten so bad that some stations have had to divert passengers because of flooding.
According to the MTA’s official subway Twitter account, emergency crews are being dispatched to stations that are affected by flooding to reopen them ASAP.
Northbound 1 trains are bypassing 145 St because of excess water entering the station.— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) April 16, 2018
There is no Staten Island railway train service between Tottenville and Huguenot in both directions because of flooding at Richmond Valley.— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) April 16, 2018
Northbound F and M trains are bypassing 42 St-Bryant Park because of excess water entering the station.— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) April 16, 2018
Recall, if you will, the time in 2007 that a torrential storm that hit New York City out of nowhere and caused major delays across most of the subway system—we haven’t hit that point yet, but the rain isn’t expected to let up for at least another few hours, so let’s not get too cocky just yet. (But hey, at least we can take comfort in the fact that the tunnels themselves won’t likely flood.)
Today’s rainfall began late last night and has continued on into the morning, leading to a flash flood warning for much of the city until at least 11:15 a.m.
In the meantime, here’s what the downpour looked like in some stations—and even subway cars themselves—across the city:
Good morning and welcome to hell pic.twitter.com/EJ39NBwr7R— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) April 16, 2018
RAINS INSIDE OF SUBWAY CAR; UNFAZED NEW YORKER CONTINUES TO EAT BREAKFAST SANDWICH pic.twitter.com/CzmhYtmkY6— Ellie Sunakawa (@elliesunakawa) April 16, 2018
Have you seen particularly egregious floods or other issues at your stop? Let us know if so.