Flood warnings as record rainfall soaks New York
New York, NY, United States
August 15, 2011 02:45 pm EDT
Weather, Forecast, Disaster And Accident, Rescue
A flash flood warning is in effect in the New York tri-state region until Monday night as the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast more showers and thunderstorms.
The NWS said one to two inches of rainfall is expected in contrast to Sunday night’s record 8-inch rainfall.
The single-day rainfall was equivalent to two months of rain, according to the weather service. The normal rainfall for August in the city is only 4 inches, NWS added.
Lido Beach, in Nassau County, Long Island, received the heaviest rainfall, 11 inches.
Roads, rail tracks and subway tunnels went underwater on Sunday. Several dozen trains were delayed when floods and trees blocked parts of the Long Island Rail Road.
Cars also got caught in floods and scattered power outages occurred.
On Staten Island, flooding stalled an elevator of a hotel being converted into a home for seniors and trapped two workers. The flood threatened to drown the two but they managed to call 911 and were rescued by firefighters.
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