NYC Subways have become rivers

NEW YORK — Heavy thunderstorms caused a deluge of rain, flooding subway stations and roadways in New York City hours before Tropical Storm Elsa arrived Friday.

The thunderstorms Thursday evening caused flash flooding in Manhattan and the Bronx that submerged at least one subway stop with waist-high water and soaked several others as traffic on busy roadways came to halt.

The rains prompted flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings from the National Weather Service. Some pockets of the city saw nearly 3 to 3.5 inches of rain Thursday, according to weather service data.

Elsa had not yet reached New York when the flooding started but the tropical storm is expected to bring even more rainfall to the city, which had seen another severe thunderstorm Wednesday evening.

More than a dozen people were rescued from vehicles that got stuck on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, police said, and parts of Harlem River Drive also temporarily closed due to the floods.

Photos and videos shared on social media showed cars in several inches of water, yet still driving through the drenched roads.

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