Tropical Storm Elsa arrived in New Jersey on Thursday night, bringing a lot of rain, strong winds, and possibly tornadoes. The flash flooding in the afternoon and evening had some subway commuters waist-deep in water, and stranded motorists on roadways. More rain is expected on Friday, as the storm continues up the coast and past Long Island.
Heavy rain is creating hazardous travel conditions across the Tri-State as the core of #Elsa passes through the region over the next several hours.
Stay alert for flooded roadways and never drive through flood waters!
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) July 9, 2021
Parts of New Jersey—like Bergen County—saw under five inches of rain as of 9 p.m. on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. In New York City, rainfall accumulation from Thursday night ranges from 2.94 inches in Washington Heights, to 3.55 inches in the Fordham section of the Bronx, 2.27 inches in Central Park, and 1.12 in Oakland Gardens in Queens.
Friday will be soggy as well, with flash flood warnings in the region:
Besides flooded roads, there are also downed trees impacting commutes:
B/Q trains are rerouted while we work to remove a tree that fell across the tracks at Ave M.
Southbound Q via N line from DeKalb Av to Coney Island.
The last stop on some southbound B trains will be 2 Av on the F.
Some southbound B via D line from DeKalb Av to Coney Island.
— NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask. (@NYCTSubway) July 9, 2021
Elsa is expected to be north of Maine by early Saturday.