Several subway stations were flooded and main access roads were closed on Thursday (8) in Nova YorkThe arrival of Storm Elsa threatens to bring new floods on Friday (9).
On Sunday (4), the storm passed through Jamaica and inundated part of the Caribbean island. Also in the Caribbean, the hurricane killed three people, one of whom was in Saint Lucia Island and two in the Dominican Republic.
With winds of up to 120 km/h, the tropical storm advanced to Florida, USA, gaining hurricane status on Wednesday (7), but it did not cause much damage in the southern state. The storm is now approaching New York, where its effects are already beginning to be felt. Between 50 and 100 mm of water fell on the city during the storm sequence Thursday afternoon, according to the NWS.
Subway users posted videos on social networks where it is possible to see some flooded stations. In one record, people with water above their waists attempt to reach the station platform in Washington Heights, in the Bronx. Some wrapped themselves in plastic bags to avoid contact with water.
Incidentally, the Bronx was one of the worst affected neighborhoods, with flood points recorded in streets and subway stations. “Line 1 and A recorded … a lot of flooding,” Sarah Feinberg, acting president of the New York MTA public transportation service, said at a Thursday evening news conference.
The NWS has warned of the potential for new flooding through Friday morning, with heavy rain expected in the northeastern US due to Storm Elsa.
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