New Yorkers wade through filthy waist-high water at subway stations and motorists are trapped in their vehicles during flash flood on Bronx expressway as Tropical Storm Elsa barrels towards the Big Apple


  • NYPD rescued stranded motorists trapped in deep water in the Bronx Thursday
  • Subway station at 157th St in Manhattan was seen flooded waist-deep
  • Severe weather rolled across the area Thursday afternoon ahead of Elsa
  • NYC airports experienced major disruptions and many flight delays 
  • Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for Long Island

    Severe weather and flash flooding has hit New York City, leaving motorists stranded in water and subway stations submerged, even as Tropical Storm Elsa prepares to pound the region.

    As shocking videos emerged showing New Yorkers wading through filthy waist-deep water to catch a train, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on Twitter to blame ‘fossil fuel execs’ and promote her Green New Deal as the solution to severe weather.

    The thunderstorms that brought large hail to parts of New Jersey and spurred flash flooding in Manhattan are unrelated to Elsa, which hit the DC area on Thursday night as it heads towards NYC.

    But the severe weather gave New Yorkers a taste of what could be in store for them, with Elsa predicted to arrive there by Friday afternoon with tropical-force winds and heavy rain.

    On the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, the NYPD Strategic Response Group was deployed to rescue motorists whose vehicles stalled in deep water.

    Utilizing a department truck designed to haul crowd-control barriers, NYPD officers rescued several stranded motorists, loading them onto the truck’s flatbed to ford the floodwater.

    The rescues took place near 179th street in the University Heights neighborhood.

    Meanwhile, several Manhattan subway stations experienced severe flooding as well.

    In the Washington Heights neighborhood, the 1 Train station at 157th Street was seen submerged in deep water.

    One shocking video circulating on social media showed a woman plunging into the squalid, trash-filled water to catch a train as it arrived in the station, holding shopping bags high above her head to keep them dry.

    Other subway riders at the station were spotted stepping into trash bags and hopping through the water, in the style of a potato-sack race, to make their trains.

    Ocasio-Cortez responded to the videos on Twitter, mocking her critics by writing in their voice: ‘The Green New Deal, which is a blueprint to create millions of good jobs rebuilding infrastructure to stem climate change & protect vulnerable communities, is unrealistic.’

    ‘Instead we will do the adult thing, which is take orders from fossil fuel execs &make you swim to work,’ she continued.

    Flooding was also spotted in Penn Station, and the Metropolitan Transit Agency warned that A Train service was suspended between Inwood-207 Street and 181 Steet ‘because of an excessive amount of rainfall collecting at track level near Dyckman St.’

    ‘Crews are actively addressing flooding issues in our stations. We’ve hardened stations in coastal flooding zones, but when streets above flood, water will always flow downhill,’ the agency said in a statement.

    ‘Please be safe and do not enter flooded stations while our crews work to resolve this,’ the MTA added.

    New York City’s major airports all experienced major delays as the storms rolled through, and called a ‘ground halt’ on incoming traffic until the weather passed.

    Thursday’s Mets game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was another casualty of the bad weather, with the 7.10pm game rescheduled for a double-header on Friday.

    Friday night’s game could also be at risk as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way up the East Coast.

    It’s the second rainout this week for the Mets, who waited nearly 2 1/2 hours Tuesday to play the Brewers before owner Steve Cohen tweeted that the game was called off.

    New York made it up Wednesday as part of its ninth doubleheader this season.

    State Senator Mike Gianaris warned in a tweet: ‘This is only going to get worse as Elsa passes through. Please be safe and don’t go out unless absolutely necessary.’

    Forecasters predict that Elsa’s tropical-force winds will arrive in New York City by Friday afternoon.

    ‘Tropical Storm Elsa, currently moving through eastern North Carolina this afternoon, will continue to bring tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall to portions of the Mid-Atlantic tonight and parts of the Northeast into Friday,’ the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin on Thursday.

    ‘From eastern North Carolina northward into New England, rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches, with locally higher amounts, are possible and could lead to numerous instances of flash and urban flooding,’ the bulletin added.

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