Storm Leaves Path Of Flooding, Toppled Trees
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Tri-State residents woke up to plenty of damage thanks to Saturday night’s storm that toppled trees, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands.
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Highway on-ramps are closed in Westchester County and hundreds of Long Island Power Authority customers are without electricity as the New York metro region dries out from a torrential rainfall overnight.
The New York State Thruway Authority said the on-ramp and off-ramp to Exit 7-A on I-87 were still closed as of 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Gusts of up to 50 miles-per-hour caused diversions and delays to dozens of flights at John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports.
The brunt of the storm was in New Jersey where flood warnings were still in effect for Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren countries until 9 a.m. Some of those areas received up to two inches of rain.
In New York, the Hutch, Jackie Robinson and Bronx River parkways also experienced flooding.
Long Island also saw its share of strong wind and drenching rains. Flooding even forced a shutdown of the Long Island Expressway at Exit 55 for a time overnight. The floods are now subsiding as officials assess damage and inspect the shoreline for possible beach erosion.
According to the National Weather Service, 3 inches of rain fell in White Plains Saturday and Sunday while 3.92 inches fell in Sloatsburg, in Rockland County.
New York’s Central Park got 1.78 inches of rain.
The same storm system caused tornadoes and flash floods and left at least 37 people dead in parts of the South and Midwest.
PSE&G reported minimal outages scattered throughout the area while 222 Con Edison customers, 1,150 LIPA customers, 276 Connecticut Light and Power and 14 Orange and Rockland counties customers were all without power.
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