New York, – A major rainstorm battered the New York city region, caused flooding in the region within minutes, submerging cars and taking down highway retaining walls, suspending some transit service and delaying flights by nearly six hours.

Traffic crawled on New York City roadways, some of which temporarily closed because of the flooding. The West Side Highway was closed in midtown briefly because of the rising water. Streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn, were flooded, and a stone wall collapsed under the elevated Gowanus Expressway. Fire officials on the scene said too much water caused the wall to slide.

Penn Station shut down its main entrance at 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue for about an hour because of the heavy rain; the stairwell at 31st Street was also closed. Workers were scrambling to contain and clean up after leaks at World Trade Center’s Oculus, while water cascading down inside Grand Central Terminal forced people to walk through the halls with their umbrellas open. Some subway stations were flooded and water was pouring down ceilings.

Meanwhile, highways and roads across other parts of northeastern New Jersey flooded quickly: water rose quickly on Route 440 and West Side Avenue, and cars were completely submerged in some parts.

Forecasters are predicting thunderstorms and showers to continue through Saturday. The chance of rain is about 60% for Saturday, the National Weather Service said, with a tenth to a quarter inch of rain possible. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency