Flash Flood Watch In Tri-State Area Follows Record Rainfall
Monday, August 15, 2011
A day after record-setting rainfall fell on New York City, a flash flood watch has been issued for the tri-state area until 9 p.m. Monday.
Showers and thunderstorms Monday are expected to dump up to two inches of rain on the region — that's on top of the the nearly 8 inches of rain that fell in the area Sunday.
By 5 p.m. Sunday, 7.6 inches had fallen at JFK Airport — the most ever recorded there in a single day. The driving rain broke the previous record of 6.3 inches set in 1983, according to the National Weather Service.
The highest rainfall total in the area was recorded at Lido Beach in Nassau County where 10.2 inches of rain fell by dusk.
As much as 11 inches of rain fell on parts of New Jersey on Sunday and washed away roads. On Staten Island, firefighters rescued two construction workers from an elevator that was filling up with basement floodwaters.
Flight delays were reported at all three major airports. Transit officials said workers spent much of Sunday pumping water out of the subway system and fixing signals and switches after problems on the N, L and E lines. Buses were detoured to avoid flooded streets in Queens.
With the Associated Press