NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City got what appears to be a record-breaking soaking Wednesday morning.
According to CBS 2, New York City received 2.39 inches of rain in the early-morning drenching. That’s almost double what we received for all of April, which brought us just 1.31 inches of rain.
It appears to have broken the previous record for this date, set in 1886, when the Big Apple got 2.33 inches.
The National Weather Service was expected to clarify whether the record was officially broken later Wednesday.
The worst of the rain passed through New York City in morning. Scattered showers were expected throughout the rest of the day, with pop-up thunderstorms possible.
Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall caused some flooding on highways, streets, underpasses and other low-lying areas.
Umbrellas were up in Astoria, Queens as heavy rain started the day. The deluge meant slow going for drivers on Route 3 in Clifton, N.J. And conditions weren’t much better on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Westchester County.
An American Eagle jet from Detroit landed safely at LaGuardia Airport after reporting that it had been struck twice by lightning, the Federal Aviation Administration said. No one was injured.
John Montone of 1010 WINS found himself becoming part of the story when his vehicle got stuck in a flooded street in Jersey City.
“I tried to get out to push the car, and as I’m sure a lot of people have experienced, the water came rushing in on me,” Montone said. “I stayed with the car, tried to get a tow, [but] AAA informed me they didn’t want their trucks getting stuck in the water.”