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Rain Causes Flooding During Morning Rush Hour Commute

By Aidan Gardiner | February 27, 2013 9:06am
 Long Island Rail Road trains out of Penn Station, seen here, were experiencing some delays Wednesday morning after a brief power outage.
Long Island Rail Road trains out of Penn Station, seen here, were experiencing some delays Wednesday morning after a brief power outage.
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NEW YORK CITY — Rush-hour commuters faced delays Wednesday morning as heavy rains in the city caused minor flooding on several roadways.

The downpour caused partial flooding on both Harlem River Drive South and the West Side Highway which clogged traffic and sparked delays, according to a live traffic map by NY1.

Service along the Long Island Rail Road between Penn Station and Jamaica was disrupted after a power outage downed the third rails in an East River tunnel. Trains were temporarily rerouted until normal service resumed about 8:30 a.m., according to the MTA's website.

"Rain + wind + LIRR issues = miserable day already," Carolina Castano tweeted about 9 a.m.

Several subway lines were also experiencing delays, according to the MTA's website. Manhattan-bound 2 and 5 train lines were delayed because of signal problems in Jackson Avenue Station in The Bronx. The 7 train was also delayed in both directions because of similar problems in the Fifth Avenue Station.

There was no indication that the rail disruptions were weather-related, an MTA spokesman said, but that didn't stop commuters from venting their frustration over social media.

"EVERYTHING'S A MESS!" Emily Barrett tweeted about 9:30 a.m. "LIRR had a power outage, subways are running with delays. Oh and there's a fare hike on Friday..."

"LIRR trains either delayed or cancelled and this rain is disgusting.. wondering if I'll make it to class on time..." Arlene Chiu tweeted about 9 a.m.

And more commuter headaches may be coming.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood advisory for parts of the city lasting from high tide Wednesday morning at about 11 a.m. until the early afternoon.

The Weather Service said that although there was "no significant threat to life," tides could rise as high as 3 feet above normal levels and cause flooding in basements and roadways.

In Travis, Staten Island, a driver's car got stuck in flood waters while driving on Victory Boulevard Wednesday morning, fire officials said. Rescue workers were working to remove the driver from the vehicle, and no injuries were reported.

Rains were expected to continue throughout the morning before tapering off in the afternoon with temperatures reaching the low 50s, according to the Weather Service. Total rainfall is expected to reach over an inch.

For more information about the forecast in your neighborhood, check out DNAinfo's weather page.

With reporting by Nicholas Rizzi.