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Heavy rain has led to flooding and closures of highways, roads and airport terminals in the metropolis of New York. On the flooded Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, a major thoroughfare in Manhattan, traffic was paralyzed. Some people just left their cars, others waited for hours.


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In parts of Brooklyn, more than 18.41 centimeters fell, with at least one place measuring six centimeters in a single hour, the city government reports. The tropical storm Ophelia, which brought the masses of water, is to blame. Here, a pedestrian with an umbrella balances on a concrete barrier separating two lanes.


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Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency, urging people to stay at home instead. However, schools were open, many adults also went to work, only to wonder later how they were going to get home without a subway. Bus traffic was also affected. Here, people are waiting at a bus stop in Brooklyn.

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Water damage in Brooklyn: Although no fatalities or serious injuries were reported, the storm brought back frightening memories of Hurricane Ida two years ago, which claimed at least 13 lives, most of them in flooded basement apartments.

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Virtually all subway lines were at least partially interrupted, diverted or delayed. The Metro North commuter train from Manhattan was out of service for most of the day, but resumed in the evening. Scene from the Grand Central Terminal train station.

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The rains also led to fires in access shafts to the sewer system. Damage to lines ignited chemicals or debris, allegedly there were several such cases in Manhattan on Friday.


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Traffic jam on the Brooklyn Bridge: The rainy weather lasted about 12 hours over New York because the remnants of tropical storm Ophelia met a storm coming from the west over the Atlantic. At this time of year, conditions are particularly favorable for storms, explained National Weather Service meteorologist Ross Dickman.

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Flooding also occurred in the suburbs: rescue workers paddle here in rafts through Mamaroneck, north of New York, and search buildings for victims.


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And in the flooded zoo of Central Park, a sea lioness escaped from her spilling tank. According to the zoo, however, she only looked around a little and then returned to her pool on her own.

Photo: Andrew Kelly / REUTERS