Photos From an Overwhelming Morning of Rain in New York

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By Ketrin Agustine

Heavy rainfall pounded New York City and the surrounding region Friday morning, bringing flash floods. Subway lines came to a halt, major roadways turned into lakes and children were ushered to the upper floors of flooding schoolhouses.

The National Weather Service issued a “considerable” flash-flood warning for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens — a level of warning reserved for extreme and rare rainfall events.

It is now the second-wettest September in New York City history. As of 11 a.m., more than a foot of rain — 13.74 inches — had fallen this month, the most in more than 140 years.

Crowds at the Union Square station in Manhattan on Friday morning. M.T.A. officials said that half of the city’s subway lines were partly or fully suspended.

Overhead view of a subway stopped at a station platform. The platform is very crowded with people.
Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive in Manhattan was flooded Friday morning.

Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

After a car became stuck in high water on the Prospect Expressway in Brooklyn, the driver walked away to safety.

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Pedestrians waited under construction scaffolding for the heavy rain to let up in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Anna Watts for The New York Times

At a store in Brooklyn, a shopkeeper tried to use a broom to clear floodwater from the entryway.

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Rain poured onto the subway tracks near a stalled Q train in Brooklyn.

Anna Watts for The New York Times

In the Brighton Beach neighborhood in Brooklyn, a pedestrian tried a creative way to stay at least partly dry.

Ahmed Gaber for The New York Times

The police blocked off a flooded street in Hoboken, N.J.

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A vehicle was left abandoned in a flooded street in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Mike Segar/Reuters


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