NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A second round of storms slammed the Tri-State area Friday night, prompting more flooding.
Water poured out of Amanda Kattas’ totaled car as a tow truck prepared to take it away.
“I was like, ‘Oh dear god, what do I do?’” she told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes.
Kattas was one of at least three drivers who got stuck in rising water on Creamer Drive in Sayerville, New Jersey during the evening round of thunderstorms.
“I see people coming through, so I’m like, ‘OK, it’s not that deep.’ But then, the woman in front of me — the van — completely stopped, so I was stuck behind her, and the water started rushing in,” she said.
Strong winds also brought down power lines in Kearny, New Jersey.
As of 11 p.m., there were about 8,000 power outages from central to northern New Jersey. No serious injuries were reported.
Earlier Friday, the morning rush downpour made for a sloppy commute, as rain was recorded falling at an inch per hour around 7:30 a.m.
A video posted to Twitter showed rain leaking from the ceiling onto the uptown No. 1 train platform at 34th Street.
Another video showed water pouring into a subway car.
In Queens, flooding was a problem. Water covered a street in College Point, slowing down a school bus and other vehicles.
Hackensack Fire Captain Justin Derevyanik said Hudson Street was flooded with up to three feet of water.
“There was water going into some of the businesses on the first floor,” he said.
A number of cars rolled through a flooded stretch of Lodi Street. Some made it, but others didn’t, like Shannon Dimascio who got stuck.
“It was probably at the bare edge of my tires when I first started and when I went in deeper, it started getting towards over my tire a little bit and I was like ugh, not good,” she told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
Chris O’Reilly says it’s a frequent flooding spot.
“Was talking to one of the guys inside and they said every time it rains, it’s always six to eight inches of water and you can’t really do anything here,” he said.
An Instagram user also captured her dangerous drive through a flooded roadway.
Motorists who come across a flooded street are advised to turn around.
“Please if you see flooding either pull over, don’t drive through it or turn around and find an alternate route,” Derevyanik told 1010 WINS. “We just want everybody to be able to get tot heir families and to their job places safely.”
On Long Island, it took three men and a small construction crane to put back the metal grate that Mother Nature swept away from the roadway in Huntington Village.
The rain came so fast and furious that car after car became stuck, including a woman who was behind the wheel of her new Volvo SUV.
“It just came down so fast and furious and it just rose, like you see it on TV all the time,” she told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
Part of the roadway was also taken off and swept away.
“The gentleman behind me had so much water come it,” the woman said. “It came up and over the front end of his car.”
Meanwhile, firefighters in Farmingdale had to use a backhoe to reach a car that got trapped in water. They climbed up and pulled the driver out through her car’s sunroof.