The New York subway is world famous – and wet!
The reason is “Elsa”. Tropical storm hit US territory in Florida on Wednesday and moved along the coast in a northeast direction over the days. On Friday he arrived in New York City.
Elsa caused street floods and uprooted trees. Also, rail traffic was not at the level of water bodies.
Winds in the towering canyons reached 85 kilometers per hour, and rain flew from the sky. Lots of water for the subway system, which has been in operation for over 100 years.
The videos show New Yorkers wading waist-high through pent-up floods. Many subway stations can no longer be controlled.
“Now we’re waiting for the waters to recede,” said Joe Soto. He’s the city emergency manager. “The drainage system was simply overloaded.”
“We weathered the storm well,” Sarah Feinberg, president of the New York City Transportation Authority, wrote in an email.
Damage was also inflicted in other parts of the country. In Florida, a man died after a tree fell on his car.
The tropical storm hit the coast in the far south of the country, with winds of more than 100 kilometers per hour. But for the past three days, Elsa has lost her power.
However, numerous damages occurred in other states as well, due to torrential rains. In Georgia, “Elsa” threw a mobile home into the air for a distance of more than 50 meters.
In South Carolina, the Coast Guard had to rescue a family stranded by their boat in a deserted area. An additional tornado was reported in North Carolina.
Several people died in the Caribbean. There the storm was still classified as a hurricane.