The east coast of the U.S. was hit by extreme weather Thursday when strong thunderstorms triggered flooding and disrupted travel to the New York City area, while Tropical Storm Elsa dumped heavy rain and even triggered tornadoes in Carolina. North and Georgia.
New York City witnessed dramatic scenes as subway stations flooded with water due to heavy storms ahead of Elsa, slated to arrive Thursday night. Videos posted on social media showed people wading through a flooded station in northern Manhattan, while a downtown station was pouring water from what appears to be the roof and the Bronx saw water. cascading down the stairs.
Photos aware by Accuweather showed that parts of the Bronx River Parkway and Hutchinson River Parkway were underwater and closed. On Thursday afternoon, there were reports of golf ball-sized hail falling in New Jersey during thunderstorms that are not related to Elsa. according to NJ.com.
The New York City area is bracing for the tropical storm, which is expected to bring heavy rains that could lead to flash flooding, as well as high winds, according to the newspaper. National Hurricane Center.
Tropical storm warnings were in effect along the coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts. There is a chance that Long Island in New York will see sustained tropical storm-force winds Thursday night through Friday morning, the New York National Weather Service warned.
The National Weather Service in Morehead City, North Carolina, tweeted that a tornado was detected near Fairfield Thursday afternoon.
Elsa appeared to prevent Florida from major damage, though it still threatened flooding and triggered multiple tornado warnings.
Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, said one person was killed Wednesday when a tree fell and struck two cars. A spokesman for the Naval Air Force Atlantic office said Thursday that a sailor assigned to a patrol and reconnaissance squad in Jacksonville was killed.
Nine people were injured Wednesday night in coastal Camden County, Georgia, when a tornado struck a camp for active duty and retired military members.
The tornado overturned several RVs, throwing one of the overturned vehicles about 200 feet (61 meters) into a lake, the National Weather Service said.
In South Carolina, a coast guard air station crew rescued a family stranded in the Otter Islands on Wednesday after their boat wandered off the beach due to Elsa. A man, his wife, daughter and three cousins were loaded into a helicopter and taken to Charleston Executive Airport in good health Wednesday night, the coast guard said in a news release.
The hurricane center said there was a risk of flooding in South Carolina, which was forecast to receive 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm) of rain.
More than 18 cm (7 inches) of rain was recorded at a weather station near Gainesville, Florida, the weather service reported.
Scattered power outages were reported along Elsa’s road Thursday afternoon, with approximately 26,000 homes and businesses without power from Florida to Virginia, according to the website poweroutages.us.
Elsa is the fifth oldest named storm on record, said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.
The Associated Press contributed reporting
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