Flash Flood Watch Issued as Storm Soaks Big Apple

By Tom Liddy on August 14, 2011 10:15am 

Torrential rain is expected through Monday night.
Torrential rain is expected through Monday night.
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MANHATTAN — New York was looking more like the Soggy Apple Sunday as torrential rain poured down on the city.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Manhattan through Monday night because an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected to fall in the area.

Some parts of the city may see even higher amounts.

According to the NWS, More than 3 inches had fallen on Central Park as of 7:43 a.m. Sunday, snarling travel across the area.

On Sunday morning, E and F trains were running express from West 4th Street to Rockefeller Center because of a water condition at the 34th Street-Herald Square station, according to the MTA's website.

And A and C train service was running local from Canal Street to 59th Street-Columbus Circle because of a water condition at Canal Street, the agency said.

Travel at area airports was also delayed by about an hour Sunday morning, according to the Port Authority.

Service on the LIRR's Far Rockaway branch was suspended because of weather-related signal problems. Buses will replace the trains.

Forecasters say the deluge will continue into Monday night after a slow-moving storm emerges off the coast on Sunday.

The storm will track just south of Long Island on Monday, drawing in tremendous amounts of moisture.

The good news is that temperatures are expected to remain cool on Sunday with a high of only 74.  Monday's high will only be 75, but thunderstorms are likely that day, the weather service said.

The rain is expected to break on Tuesday with a chance of showers and a high of 80 degrees, according to the NWS.

And Wednesday is set to be the first sunny day with a high of 83.

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