New York City, USA’s financial capital has been hit by heavy overnight rains, prompting a state of emergency declaration.
NY city experienced one of its rainiest days in decades, causing disruptions across the metropolitan area. Airports and subways have been affected due to widespread waterlogging.
Heavy rains overnight in the northeastern United States left parts of New York City under water on Friday, partially paralyzing subways and airports in the country's financial capital
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LaGuardia Airport, in particular, faced significant issues as travelers had to navigate floodwaters to enter the airport. One terminal at the airport was closed, resulting in nearly 200 flight delays. The city also witnessed submerged cars, blocked roads, and traffic jams, severely hampering mobility. Mayor Eric Adams urged residents to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel due to subway flooding and challenging transportation conditions.
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Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency not only for New York City but also for Long Island and the Hudson Valley. She advised residents to plan their escape routes in case water levels continued to rise.
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Some sections of the New York subway system had to be closed in Brooklyn as water entered stations through ceilings and staircases. Many commuters rely on this extensive subway network, which has faced recurring challenges during heavy rains.
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The situation has raised concerns about climate change, with experts like Rohit Aggarwala, the city’s Environmental Protection Commissioner, attributing the changing weather patterns to global warming. They argue that the city’s infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with the impact of climate change.