State of emergency issued for New York as heavy rain and intense floods pummel city – live

New York governor declares state of emergency

Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley amid the heavy downpour currently faced by residents of the Greater New York City area.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island in response to the significant, dangerous rainfall that is currently impacting the region and is expected to continue for the next 20 hours,” said Hochul.

“Ahead of this storm we deployed thousands of State personnel and I have directed all State agencies to provide all necessary resources to address this extreme weather event. It is critical that all New Yorkers take all necessary precautions and avoid flooded roads, which are some of the most dangerous places during flash floods,” she added.

I am declaring a State of Emergency across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the extreme rainfall we’re seeing throughout the region.

Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads.

— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 29, 2023

Widespread three to five inches of total rain is expected through Friday across the areas, with locally higher amounts up to seven inches of rain, Hochul’s office announced. Additionally, rainfall rates are anticipated to be one inch per hour.

“Governor Hochul instructed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to stage flood rescue teams in Nassau and Westchester counties, where they will be ready for rapid deployment in the event of a flash flood emergency requiring rescues,” it added.

Key events

The New York state department of transportation is prepared to respond to the extreme weather event with nearly 3,500 operators and supervisors available statewide, governor Kathy Hochul’s office announced on Friday.

Statewide equipment numbers are as follows, according to the governor’s office:

  • 1,426 large dump trucks

  • 315 large loaders

  • 81 chippers

  • 80 wheeled and tracked excavators

  • 28 traffic tower platforms

  • 15 vacuum trucks with sewer jets

  • 15 tree crew bucket trucks

Here are some images coming through the newswires of the heavy flooding across New York City:

A vehicle sits submerged after it got stuck in high water on the Prospect Expressway during heavy rain and flooding on September 29, 2023 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.
A vehicle sits submerged after it got stuck in high water on the Prospect Expressway during heavy rain and flooding on September 29, 2023 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A section of the Prospect Expressway is closed during high water after heavy rain and flooding on September 29, 2023 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.
A section of the Prospect Expressway is closed during high water after heavy rain and flooding on September 29, 2023 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A vehicle sits submerged after it got stuck in high water on the Prospect Expressway during heavy rain and flooding on September 29, 2023 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.
A vehicle sits submerged after it got stuck in high water on the Prospect Expressway during heavy rain and flooding on September 29, 2023 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York City authorities have urged residents to seek higher ground during periods of heavy rain as persistent heavy ran may result in numerous flash floods, including flooding of places that do not normally flood.

Residents have been urged to make an emergency plan and stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC, the city’s official emergnecy communications program.

The city is under flood watch beginning Friday until 6am on Saturday.

MTA announces “severely disrupted” services due to rainfall

The MTA on Friday morning announced that service across its network has been “severely disrupted due to this extreme rainfall.”

“If you must head out, use extra caution and check the service status for your line at http://mta.info before you go. Stay safe, New York,” it cautioned.

Service across our network is severely disrupted due to this extreme rainfall. Please stay home if you don’t need to travel.

If you must head out, use extra caution and check the service status for your line at https://t.co/8rwbuwle0p before you go. Stay safe, New York. https://t.co/mkn8WLJlJd

— MTA (@MTA) September 29, 2023

LaGuardia Airport has announced that all access to Terminal A is currently closed.

All access to Terminal A is currently closed. Please avoid the area until further notice.

— LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport) September 29, 2023

The airport added that it is experiencing delays as a result of the weather conditions and warned travelers to avoid the area until further notice.

It also directed passengers to check the Federal Aviation Administration to see the status of flights.

Videos show major flooding across the city

Here are some videos emerging on social media of the intense rainfall and flooding across New York City:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning in Brooklyn, Queens and Hempstead that is set to last until 11:15am.

It also urged residents to avoid traveling in flooded roads, warning that 6 inches of fast-moving water can sweep away an adult while 12 inches can carry away a small car.

New York governor declares state of emergency

Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley amid the heavy downpour currently faced by residents of the Greater New York City area.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island in response to the significant, dangerous rainfall that is currently impacting the region and is expected to continue for the next 20 hours,” said Hochul.

“Ahead of this storm we deployed thousands of State personnel and I have directed all State agencies to provide all necessary resources to address this extreme weather event. It is critical that all New Yorkers take all necessary precautions and avoid flooded roads, which are some of the most dangerous places during flash floods,” she added.

I am declaring a State of Emergency across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the extreme rainfall we’re seeing throughout the region.

Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads.

— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 29, 2023

Widespread three to five inches of total rain is expected through Friday across the areas, with locally higher amounts up to seven inches of rain, Hochul’s office announced. Additionally, rainfall rates are anticipated to be one inch per hour.

“Governor Hochul instructed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to stage flood rescue teams in Nassau and Westchester counties, where they will be ready for rapid deployment in the event of a flash flood emergency requiring rescues,” it added.

New York City prepares for intense flooding amid heavy rainfall

Good morning,

Residents in New York City area are bracing for major flooding as the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings across New York, Brooklyn, Queens and other northeastern states including New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Governor Kathy Hochul has issued a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley and has warned residents to avoid traveling on flooded roads.

Transportation services have been disrupted as a result of the heavy rainfall, with the MTA announcing “extremely limited subway service” on Friday morning.

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates.

source: theguardian.com