NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rain showers Wednesday afternoon caused a major mess on the roads particularly on Staten Island.
While much of the rest of the area was experiencing sweltering humidity as New York City hit its third 90-degree day in a row, Staten Island and parts of Monmouth County saw as much as 2 1/2 inches of rainfall in less than two hours.
The cell rolled through Staten Island between 3 p.m. and about 4:30 p.m., dumping well over an inch of rain an hour, CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn and Chief Meteorologist Giorgio Panetta reported.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, it seemed as though the storm caught many by surprise, as the waters rose so high that stranded drivers had to be rescued by tow truck operators.
“It happened so quick – 10 minutes is all it took,” said John Kalenberg.
A little more than 2 inches of rain was enough to flood Doty Avenue in the South Beach section of Staten Island Wednesday afternoon. Cellphone video showed a car up to its bumper in floodwaters, with a man sitting on top – stranded in the newly-formed river.
“I had mixed emotions. I was like, is he OK? Like, how is he going to get out?” one young woman said.