Subways swamped as heavy rains drench NYC
Dinghies and paddles could have come in handy for waterlogged straphangers Monday morning.
The skies over the Big Apple — and its subway stations — opened up during the early commute, sending torrents of water cascading down staircases and turning platforms into subterranean lakes.
As a flash-flood warning was issued for New York City, a small lake formed above ground near Harlem’s 145th Street stop for the No. 1 train. Water poured inside the Manhattan station, barreling down the stairs and covering the floor in about an inch of rain.
Video posted by @jbguild showed one brave staphanger climbing up the stairs against the tide to escape the inundated station. The MTA announced that uptown No. 1 trains would be skipping that stop because of “excess water.”
“Gotta love Mondays in New York,” wrote one commuter on Twitter alongside a video of water coming down the side of a wall at Manhattan’s 86th Street uptown No. 6 station.
There was no respite from the rain on the Bryant Park F/M train platform, either, and Queens-bound M cars bypassed the station.
“So rain storms are normal underground…?!? Wtf will the station collapse on us!?!” one commuter tweeted along with a photo of water pouring down over open train doors.
Someone else tweeted, “A waterfall on the train platform at Bryant Park. Good morning!!” along with video.
— josh guild (@jbguild) April 16, 2018
In a tweet that included video footage of a rainstorm at the 96th Street B/C stop in Manhattan, @mcbc added,”Waiting to see just how waterproof these waterproof electrical lights are.”
Large puddles were reported at the Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College station in Brooklyn, and water also was spotted pouring down the ceiling at the Rockefeller Center and Times Square stations in Manhattan.
“As happens during heavy storms like today’s, water is entering some stations from the street,” the MTA tweeted, adding they were sending emergency teams.
“We’ll keep staircases and other station areas open as long as it’s safe to do so, but please be careful as you enter and exit trains.”
As much as 1½ inches of rain fell across the region by about 7 a.m. and an additional couple of inches are possible before things improve.
The weather alert is effective through 11:15 a.m. for the boroughs, the National Weather Service said, after which there’ll be a couple of afternoon showers — only briefly interrupted by breaks of sun.
“If there’s any sun this afternoon, it won’t last long,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines. “It’s tough out there today.”
Expect it to be chilly, too.
Temperatures should top out at close to 60 degrees, but “it’ll take all day to get there,” said Kines.
It’ll also stay windy for most of the day, with gusts of 30 mph, that’ll subside late Monday and pick back up Tuesday, which will be mostly dry.
It also will be on the colder side at 50 degrees — especially for April, Kines said.
“Hang in there,” he added.