Central Park Sets a Rainfall Record

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U.S.|Central Park sets a rainfall record.


People carried umbrellas successful  little   Manhattan connected  Sunday greeting  arsenic  the metropolis  prepared for Tropical Storm Henri.
Credit...Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Nate Schweber

  • Aug. 22, 2021Updated 11:34 a.m. ET

In the acheronian hours arsenic Henri churned successful the Atlantic beneath Eastern Long Island and New England, New York City was deluged by historical rainfall.

In Central Park, 1.94 inches of rainfall fell betwixt 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, the astir successful a azygous hr astatine that determination “since grounds keeping began” successful the 19th century, according to the National Weather Service.

The 4.45 inches that fell successful Central Park connected Saturday was besides an wide grounds for Aug. 21, the work said. Around the metropolis and crossed bluish New Jersey and confederate Connecticut, 3 to six inches of rainfall fell overnight.

The tempest crippled parts of the region’s wide transit system. As of 9 a.m. Sunday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had suspended bid work connected 5 of 7 Metro-North Railroad lines and had partially suspended work connected Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk and Ronkonkoma lines.

Portions of the New York City subway connected the 1 and 3 lines were suspended due to the fact that of flooding, though work has since resumed. The 3 airports serving New York City besides experienced the effects of the storm, arsenic much than 20 percent of flights were canceled astatine La Guardia and Newark airports connected Sunday and much than 10 percent were canceled astatine Kennedy Airport, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates them.

Social media was inundated with images of roadways turned to rivers with cars pushing done them, washed astir to their headlights.

The National Weather Service reported overnight flash floods successful Crown Heights, Bay Ridge, Battery Park, Harlem and connected the Throggs Neck Bridge, arsenic good arsenic astir Long Island and New Jersey.

Late Saturday night, a fewer 100 hardy attendees of the ill-fated Homecoming Concert successful Central Park sheltered successful a backstage structure hoping for an acoustic show connected a makeshift signifier from stone stars who had yet to perform.

After hinting astatine the anticipation astir 10 p.m., a poncho-clad Mayor Bill de Blasio returned 20 minutes aboriginal and said, “we person to inquire everybody to spell location due to the fact that the rainfall keeps coming.”

The fans who had travel to perceive songs from their favourite records exited into grounds rainfall.

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