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Central Park sets precipitation record

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In the dark hours as Henry circled the Atlantic beneath eastern Long Island and New England, New York was inundated by historic precipitation.

In Central Park, 1.94 inches of rain fell between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, the most in a single hour at this location “since the beginning of record keeping” in the 19th century, according to the national weather service.

The 4.45 inches fallen in Central Park Saturday was also an overall record for Aug. 21, the service said. Around the city and in northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, three to six inches of rain fell overnight.

The storm crippled parts of the region’s transit system. At 9 a.m. on Sunday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended rail service on five of the seven lines of the Metro-North Railroad and partially suspended service on the Montauk and Ronkonkoma lines of Long Island Rail Road.

Portions of the New York subway on lines 1 and 3 have been suspended due to flooding, although service has since resumed. The three airports serving New York also suffered the effects of the storm, as more than 20% of flights were canceled at La Guardia and Newark airports on Sunday and more than 10% were canceled at Kennedy Airport. according to the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, who exploits them.

Social media has been inundated with images of roads turned into rivers with cars passing through them, washed almost to their headlights.

The National Weather Service reported overnight flash floods in Crown Heights, Bay Ridge, Battery Park, Harlem and the Throggs Neck Bridge, as well as around Long Island and New Jersey.

Late Saturday night, a few hundred brave spectators at the ill-fated reunion concert in Central Park took shelter in a tent backstage in hopes of an acoustic performance on a makeshift stage from rock stars who had yet to attend. play.

After hinting at the possibility around 10 p.m., a mayor in a poncho, Bill de Blasio, returned 20 minutes later and said: “We have to ask everyone to come home because the rain keep falling “.

Fans who had come to listen to songs from their favorite records stepped out in record-breaking rain.