Heavy rain, more flooding likely to drench New York City

Heavy downpours and flooding are expected to drench the Big Apple on Monday — threatening to submerge the city again just days after storms overwhelmed several highways and subway stations.

Scattered thunderstorms are likely to roll in around 2 p.m. Monday and could bring dangerous flash floods to New York City and other parts of the tri-state area, forecasters warned.

“Maybe there’ll be some gusty winds with some of those storms but the biggest thing will be the heavy rains that can lead to flooding because it comes down in such heavy amounts in a short period of time,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker told The Post.

New Yorkers are in for 2 to 3 inches of rain — but some areas could see as much as 4 inches, forecasters said.

New Yorkers take shelter from the heavy rain on July 8, 2021.
New Yorkers take shelter from the heavy rain on July 8, 2021.
Stephen Yang
A satellite image from NOAA shows the likely path of the storm.
A satellite image from NOAA shows the likely path of the storm.

The rain could bring flooding to some of the same locations hit by heavy rain last week, forecasters said.

“It’s places that get under these heavy downpours and [the rain falls] you know, over an hour, two-hour period,” Walker said.

“And [when] we get that much rain in that short a time period, it just overwhelms the drainage systems.”

Heavy rainfall flooded subway stations in New York City on July 8. Rainfall today could bring a similar result.
Heavy rainfall flooded subway stations in New York City on July 8. Rainfall today could bring a similar result.
Sebastian Arruarana via Storyful

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning that is in effect until Tuesday morning — but drier weather may not come until later in the week.

“There’s going to be storms around the East for the next few days. Not a whole lot of change,” Walker said.

“Maybe we can dry things out on Thursday. But, for the next couple of days — for tomorrow and Wednesday, it looks like there’ll be scattered storms around each day.”

A man walks through the rain in NYC.
A man walks through the rain in NYC.
Stephen Yang
A sewer grate full of trash floods on Queens Blvd and Union Turnpike during heavy summer rain.
A sewer grate full of trash floods on Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike during heavy summer rain.
Stephen Yang

New Yorkers should be prepared for storms to set in at a moment’s notice.

“Make sure you take your umbrella because these rainstorms could pop up anywhere,” Walker said.

Metro | New York Post

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