Hurricane Henri is already flooding the streets and subways of NYC
Heavy rains and flash floods closed subways and forced drivers out of their cars in Brooklyn late Saturday night as the early rains of Hurricane Henri hit New York City before the storm hit Long Island on Sunday.
Photos taken by The Post in Gowanus showed police officers and firefighters assisting drivers whose cars appeared to be completely stuck in more than six inches of water.
The Flood was one of several flash floods across the region due to storms caused in part by moisture from Henri, the National Hurricane Center said.
Twitter users also reported flooding in Williamsburg as drivers navigated roads-turned-rivers through earlier-than-expected rains, which, along with lightning, struck the star-studded We Love NYC Homecoming concert in Central Park around 7:30 am Clock stalled clock The highly anticipated event was officially canceled about two hours later.
Firefighters respond to a scene where a car was stranded in Brooklyn prior to Hurricane Henri on August 21, 2021.Robert Mecea
Severe flooding forced some drivers to leave their cars.Robert Mecea
A man pushes his way through knee-deep water on a flooded section of Hamilton Avenue in Brooklyn.Robert Mecea
Nearly 4 inches of rain fell over Central Park Saturday night, dropping 1.69 inches between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., the National Weather Service said.
Water has even made it to some subway stations. Subway officials had to suspend 1 train between 14th Street and 96th Street and 3 trains between Harlem-148th Street and Penn Station shortly before midnight due to track flooding near 79th Street, the MTA said. Passengers were advised to take train 4 or train 2, which was diverted to the east side.
A tweet showed a waterfall spilling onto the tracks in Queens as the A train waited with its doors open.
Another showed even more torrential flooding spitting onto the G-Line platform on 23rd Street in Queens as Straphanger waited for the train.
An MTA representative confirmed “a water condition” on 79th Street. Service was completely out of order between 34th Street and 79th Street, the rep said.
An express train also ran between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street and Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn due to flooding at Utica Avenue station.
Even more flooding is expected when Henri hits the region on Sunday.
The Category 1 storm is expected to drop several inches of rain in the northeast, with storm surges expected along the coast of eastern Queens and Long Island, the NHC said.
All of New York City was under a tropical storm warning at 11 p.m. on Saturday, meteorologists said. Trains and flights were canceled before the storm.
Hurricane Henri is expected to land in New York as a Category 1 hurricane.Robert Mecea
Hurricane Henri is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the New York area. Robert Mecea
Hurricane conditions were expected on Long Island and New Haven to the east of the Rhode Island-Massachusetts border.
Reports from nearby Air Force planes showed Henri was moving in a northwesterly direction at 34 miles per hour – with winds of nearly 120 miles per hour and even faster gusts.
There could be three to six inches of rain in parts of New York City, northern New Jersey, Long Island and New England, the NHC said. Isolated areas can see up to 10 inches.
Henri is expected to overwhelm Connecticut, Rhode Island and the southernmost part of Massachusetts after passing through the New York area.