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Floodwaters inundate New York subways, streets as heavy rain aims at Boston

AccuWeather logo AccuWeather 4/16/2018 Jennifer Fabiano

The northeastern United States is facing severe weather, including flooding downpours and strong winds. In New York City, travel disruptions are mounting as streets and subway stations fill with rain.

Central Park had some of the heaviest rainfall in the area with 3.28 inches by noon, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

"The area was hit by a very strong, potent system," Dombek said. "The air mass came up from the Gulf states and combined with air coming off the Atlantic Ocean, so it had a lot of moisture with it."

Many areas in and around New York City experienced thunder and at least 3 inches of rain over a six- to eight-hour period, which created prime conditions for flooding and morning commute travel delays. Pictures and videos of rain leaking into underground subway stations flooded social media as people headed to work Monday morning.

"The heaviest, steadiest rain is shifting out of the city, so the worst is over for New York," Dombek said. Sporadic showers will continue throughout the afternoon in the New York metropolitan area.

The system unleashing the torrents of rain is moving into New England, making conditions even worse for those in town for the Boston Marathon. Conditions in New England will be the worst in mid- to late-afternoon.

Several Boston Marathon runners reportedly started to experience symptoms of hypothermia due to the rainy and chilly conditions.

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