Heavy rain has hit New York in the past few hours. The moisture left by Ophelia created flood phenomena that caused widespread flooding in the city. Up to this point, more than 150 mm of rain has fallen while the hourly rainfall record (about 50 mm per hour) has been broken 3 times in 2 years. The wettest day in Central Park was September 23, 1886 with 210 mm. The 350mm that fell in September this year represents the city’s fifth wettest month in 155 years, but also the second wettest September after 1882.
Brooklyn is particularly affected. The city’s roads, highways and even many subways were flooded. A state of emergency was declared in New York, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Flood warnings are currently in effect for about 18 million people in the New York metropolitan area but also in other major cities along the East Coast where more rain is expected.
-Moshe Schwartz (YWNReporter) September 29, 2023
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