Spring storms have brought flooding to the New York City subway and stricken a Long Island construction worker with lightning.
Commuters shot video of the flooding at several stations on Monday morning, which combined with widespread signal and equipment issues led to delays and misery during the morning rush.
At the 145th Street stop on the 1 Train in Hamilton Heights, water was seen cascading down the steps of the station like a waterfall.
Northbound trains began skipping the station due to the flooding at about 10.23am.
At the 145th Street stop on the 1 Train in Hamilton Heights, water was seen cascading down the steps of the station like a waterfall
At 42nd Street-Bryant Park in Midtown, the train doors opened to reveal a shocking sight
At 42nd Street-Bryant Park in Midtown, a waterfall poured from the ceiling just along the platform edge, greeting any passengers getting on or off the trains.
‘Good morning and welcome to hell,’ tweeted journalist Jeremy Barr along with footage of the scene.
Northbound F and M trains began bypassing 42nd at around 10.11am. Service resumed by 11am.
‘As happens during heavy storms like today’s, water is entering some stations from the street,’ the MTA said in a statement. ‘We’ll keep staircases and other station areas open as long as it’s safe to do so, but please be careful as you enter and exit trains.’
The rainfall was measured at 3.29 inches in Central Park by early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm also lashed the New York metro area with thunderstorm bands.
In Bay Shore, on Long Island, a 48-year-old man was struck by lightening outside the Roman Stone Construction Co. at around 10.15am, officials said.
He was alert and talking at the scene and has not been publicly identified.
Floodwaters forced the closure of the Henry Hudson Parkway at 178th Street, trapping motorists in the rising water as NYPD officers rushed to rescue them
In New Jersey, there was widespread flash flooding with multiple reports of emergency rescues of people trapped in cars. Pictured: Floodwaters in South Brunswick
Rising waters are seen Hackensack, New Jersey after storms inundated the area
In New Jersey, there was widespread flash flooding with multiple reports of emergency rescues of people trapped in cars.
At least six people were rescued from vehicles trapped in floodwaters in Newark, police said.
The Grand Central Parkway in Queens was also closed for a time in both directions due to flooding.
Staten Island Railway service was suspended between Tottenville and Huguenot due to flooding in Richmond Valley.
A downed tree also shut down northbound traffic on the Bronx River Parkway for a time, officials said.
Westwood, New Jersey saw the most rain in the area, with a total of 4.48 inches.
The rains had tapered off by noon and Manhattan dried out quickly. Evening commutes proceeded with only the commonplace delays and annoyances.