After experiencing record-breaking rainfall, New York starts to dry out.

In excess of the previous mark for a September day established during Hurricane Donna in 1960, a record amount of rain poured at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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As residents dried out their basements and traffic resumed on the roads, trains, and airports that were briefly closed by Friday’s heavy rain, New York City started to dry up on Saturday after getting sopped by one of its wettest days in decades.

Despite the storm’s fierceness having passed, some of its damage persisted throughout the weekend.

Con Edison, the area’s power operator, said the facility’s emergency power had to be shut down so the utility could conduct repairs after a storm-related power loss in a Brooklyn neighborhood prompted municipal officials to evacuate employees and roughly 120 patients from a local hospital on Saturday.

Before the hospital in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood can resume full operations, according to city officials, repairs may take several days.

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More than 7.25 inches (18.41 centimeters) of rain fell in several areas of Brooklyn, with at least one location receiving 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) in a single hour. This caused some streets to become knee-deep canals and left motorists stranded on roads.

The National Weather Service reported that John F. Kennedy International Airport experienced record rainfall of more than 8.65 inches (21.97 centimeters), breaking the previous mark for a September day established during Hurricane Donna in 1960.

During a briefing on Saturday morning at a transportation control center in Manhattan, Governor Kathy Hochul stated that although more rain was anticipated over the weekend, the worst was already behind us.

She claimed that many people followed the early warnings to remain put or go to higher ground before it was too late, which prevented what may have been a life-threatening situation.

Thus, according to Hochul, “No lives were lost.”

However, the governor said that 28 people needed to be saved from the “raging water” by emergency personnel in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island.

Hochul remarked, “We’ve seen a whole lot of rainfall in a very short period of time.” The storm will pass, so there should be some clearing of the rivers today and tonight, according to the good news.

The deluge occurred two years after Hurricane Ida’s aftermath dumped unprecedented amounts of rain on the Northeast and left at least 13 people dead, the majority of whom were living in flooded basement apartments in New York City. Despite the fact that there have been no fatalities or serious injuries, Friday’s storm brought up dreadful memories.

Three of Joy Wong’s neighbors, including a little child, were murdered by Ida. And on Friday, water started splashing against the entrance to her Woodside, Queens, building.

“Outside was like a lake, like an ocean,” she remarked.

The basement of the structure quickly became nearly completely submerged in water. The basement was converted into an entertainment area following the family’s passing in 2021. Now it is obliterated.

Six flooded basement flats were reported to the city authorities on Friday, but all six residents made it out without incident.

Mayor Eric Adams and Hochul proclaimed states of emergency and urged people to remain indoors if at all possible.

Additionally, the flood occurred fewer than three months after a storm that flooded Montpelier, the state’s capital, and produced fatal floods in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Hochul attributed the occurrence and ferocity of storms to climate change.

This scale represents how much water fell from the sky during the severe downpour, which was comparable to Hurricane Ida. The good news is that it didn’t bring with it the wind like Hurricane Ida did. But I still recall that incident as if it were yesterday,” the governor stated on Saturday.

The White House stated that FEMA was available if necessary. It stated that the president has received updates on the flooding on both Friday and Saturday.

According to atmospheric scientists, as the world heats, storms are developing in a hotter atmosphere that can contain more moisture, increasing the frequency of extreme rainfall.

Most New Yorkers resumed their typical weekend activities on Saturday, wandering along the still-damp paths in Central Park and the city’s pavements.

Highway traffic was once again moving, despite water standing above car tires and forcing several drivers to abandon their vehicles. These roadways had been at a stop the day before.

The downpours and flooding that prompted the closing of one of the airport’s three terminals for several hours before opening again later that night could no longer be held responsible for flight delays at LaGuardia Airport.

The remains of Tropical Storm Ophelia, one of the causes of the severe weather, had left but the skies continued to be cloudy.

The city’s subway system, which was in total disarray the day before due to flooding lines, continued to see some service problems on Saturday.

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