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Torrential Downpours Soak New York City

By DNAinfo Staff on August 27, 2012 1:19pm

NEW YORK CITY — Torrential downpours soaked New York City Monday afternoon, making streets look more like rivers in some spots and halting the U.S. Open on its first day, according to the National Weather Service.

The rains came as a flood advisory was issued for Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan and Queens as well as surrounding areas until 2 p.m., the weather service reported. 

Forecasters warned that strong thunderstorms may hit the five boroughs and parts of Westchester and upstate New York.

Intense lighting, hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour were expected.

Flooding of urban areas like highways, streets, drainage areas and underpasses is also anticipated, according to the advisory.