By Gus Saltonstall
New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency for New York City Friday morning amid torrential rain and flash flood warnings.
A total of 3 to 6 inches of rain fell across New York and New Jersey by Friday evening, with more than eight inches of rainfall in parts of Queens. The rain is expected to continue through Friday night in the five boroughs, but not at the same rate — before clearing up by Saturday afternoon.
The MTA tweeted out at 10:30 a.m. that there is “only extremely limited subway service available because of heavy flooding. Service is suspended at many stations. Please stay home if you don’t need to travel.” Train service across the city has remained suspended or heavily delayed through Friday evening.
Trains remained suspended or delayed into Friday night.
The Department of Transportation also announced that Alternate Side Parking Regulations were suspended on Friday due to the heavy rainfall. Additionally, the suspension will continue through the end of Saturday for the Jewish holiday of the Sukkot.
Here’s what the flooding looked like Friday morning in Brooklyn.
NYC experienced major flooding this morning pic.twitter.com/kMvz2c4OHM
— Dexerto (@Dexerto) September 29, 2023
More than five inches of rain fell in Central Park by Friday evening, including a period of more than two inches in one hour. The total makes it the second-wettest hour in Central Park in the last 80 years, according to CNN.
Elsewhere in Central Park on Friday, a sea lion at the Central Park Zoo was able to swim out of her pool due to the flooding and “explored the area before returning to familiar surroundings,” confirmed a spokesperson from the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The park’s Bethesda Fountain Plaza also flooded with water.
To the west, Riverside Park wasn’t able to escape the flooding either. Photos and videos show water rushing into Dinosaur Playground near West 97th Street, and long stretches of walkway within the park completely underwater.
By Friday evening there had been nearly eight inches of rain at John F. Kennedy International Airport, making it the wettest day at the airport since precipitation records first began getting tracked in 1948. The city is on track for the most rain ever in a single day, according to Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine.
A flash flood warning for Manhattan and the Bronx was in effect until 4 p.m., with an additional two to four inches of rain possible by the end of the day, according to the city’s emergency management system. Elected officials are also urging any New Yorkers in a basement apartment to get to higher ground.
For those who had larger travel plans, LaGuardia’s Terminal A remains closed since Friday morning and a long list of flights are disrupted and delayed. JFK and Newark are also reporting widespread delays.
“If you’re at home, stay home,” Mayor Eric Adams said during a press briefing about 11:30 a.m. on Friday. “If you are at work or school, shelter in place for now.”
If you have any photos of flooding on the Upper West Side, please feel free to send them to email@example.com
To receive WSR’s free email newsletter, click here.