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New York City on High Alert as Storm Brings Heavy Rain, Flash Flood Warning Issued

Heavy rainfall in the region surrounding New York City caused flash flooding and disrupted subway service on major lines. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for Staten Island, Elizabeth, Jersey City, and western Brooklyn until 10:30 a.m. Additionally, a flood warning was issued for the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens until 11:30 a.m. A flood watch was in effect for the entire metro area until Friday night, with the Weather Service advising that flash flooding could occur in small creeks, streams, highways, streets, and underpasses. Videos from morning commuters showed flooded roads in parts of Queens and Brooklyn, and Kennedy International Airport reported over 3 inches of rain.

For the rest of the day, there is a moderate risk of excessive rainfall in an area stretching from west of Newark to East Hampton and north toward Danbury. Overnight, parts of Queens, King, and Nassau Counties received nearly three inches of rain, with an expected additional one to three inches. The National Weather Service warned of ongoing or imminent flash flooding due to the coastal low-pressure system pulling in moist air from the Atlantic Ocean and moving just south of Long Island into the weekend.

In addition to flash flooding, the storm system is predicted to cause minor coastal flooding of up to one and a half feet and beach erosion. The most vulnerable areas include the New York and New Jersey harbor, Jamaica Bay, western Great South Bay, and coastal regions of Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Residents and authorities are advised to take precautions and stay updated on weather alerts as the heavy rainfall continues.

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