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The MTA hijacked or suspended trains at several Brooklyn and Manhattan subway stations from Saturday night to Sunday morning as record-breaking rainfall flooded the city ahead of Tropical Storm Henri.
Water seeped onto the tracks inside at least six stations, including Jay Street-MetroTech, 86 St, Court Street, Avenue d’Utique in Brooklyn, and Rue des Chambres and 79 street in Manhattan, according to the MTA.
Saturday night recorded the wettest hour on record in New York City, with 1.94 inches of rain falling between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. in Central Park, according to the National Weather Service.
Besides being the rainiest day since 2014 … the 1.94 “of rain that fell from 10pm to 11pm in Central Park last night was the rainiest hour on record for New York City.
– NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) August 22, 2021
Debris, that the subway officers said previously was a fallen tree branch, on the Q railway line just south of Prospect Park forced MTA to redirect subways to Line D between just after 10 p.m. Saturday and 1:40 a.m.
At the Lexington Avenue stop on line N, the cables caught fire just before 12:45 a.m. Sunday, which caused service outages around 2:30 a.m.
Trains were suspended on trains 2, 3, 4 and 5 near the Franklin Av Medgar Evers in Brooklyn between about 3:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., as firefighters had to deal with a smoking third rail caused by a water intrusion.
A Brooklyn straphanger filmed water leaking through rooftops and ceilings along the G line at the Fourth Avenue / Ninth Street subway station and Greenpoint Av in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
4th Ave / 9th St on the Culver Viaduct… not great for leaks from the mezzanine below either! pic.twitter.com/pBkjSsaQay
– Alex Armlovich (@aarmlovi) August 22, 2021
Subway service largely resumed on Sunday morning with some remaining delays and diversions, and three bus lines were rerouted due to the weather, acting MTA chief Janno Lieber told a conference. press with outgoing Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The transit agency has brought in staff to help pump stations, clean drains and plug vents at low-lying stations, according to Lieber.
“This is a huge emergency and we, as always, put the safety of customers and our employees first,” said the transit guru. “Thousands of MTA staff have been called back to work to help prepare for this storm. “
The agency banned empty semi-trailer trucks from the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on Saturday night and suspended commuter railways in eastern Long Island and parts of the Metro-North Railroad in the passage of the storm.
Some 2.5 inches of rain are expected in the five boroughs thanks to Henri, who made landfall in Rhode Island late Sunday morning.
Airports have seen many canceled flights, with 23% of trips canceled at LaGuardia, 11% at JFK and 22% at Newark, according to Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority.
The two-state authority has also banned empty semi-trailers on its bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey and is monitoring the situation for any possible closures on the George Washington Bridge.
Lieber advised New Yorkers to check MTA website or the MYmta app for updates and to stay home if possible.
“If you don’t need to travel, please stay home, and if you absolutely, absolutely must travel in the city, please take public transport,” said the MTA chief.