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Cars Submerged, Dramatic Rescues and Rain in Subways as Flash Floods Soak Tri-State

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What to Know

  • A warm front triggered showers and thunderstorms, with heavy rain throughout the day Tuesday
  • The wet weather began to taper off later in the afternoon to evening, but isolated storms were still possible, Storm Team 4 said
  • Southwest winds will push warmer air into the region, though, bringing temps back up to around 80 by Wednesday under overcast skies

Steady rain soaked the tri-state area all day Tuesday, racking up nearly 2 inches of water in spots in hours and prompting flash flood warnings as a warm front menaced the region with a day-long washout. 

Roads were flooded and people needed rescued as flash flooding plagued parts of the tri state. Michael George reports.

In Bayonne, the city's emergency management agency warned of numerous road closures because of flooding and urged people to stay home. Newark experienced a similar deluge, with authorities having to shut down all lanes on U.S. 1 & 9 approaching the Pulaski Skyway, which one Uber rider described as totally "under water." More than 100 workers had to be rescued via bulldozer from a flooded factory in Fairview. Elsewhere, multiple rescues were underway as drivers found themselves stranded in rapidly rising floodwaters.

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And, in New York City, as has become the norm in flash flood situations, it rained in subway stations across Manhattan. Footage posted to social media showed showers inside stations from Times Square to Bryant Park to 50th Street as crews scrambled to dry platforms. 

Much of the heavier rain eased by evening, but isolated storms were expected to move across parts of the area into the night.

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Winds coming out of the southwest helped push warmer air into the region, bringing temps back into the low 70s Tuesday ahead of an even muggier forecast Wednesday as highs soar back near 80. Most spots will stay muggy and murky during the day. Stay on top of the latest conditions using our interactive radar.

Some severe thunderstorms may roll into the tri-state Wednesday evening, bringing the threat of damaging winds, downpours and small hail, but the weather is expected to improve by Thursday and into the weekend. 

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