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Rain Soaks New York on the Eve of a Flood-Filled Weekend

By Alan Neuhauser | June 7, 2013 12:37pm | Updated on June 7, 2013 2:01pm
 Sheets of rain from Tropical Storm Andrea soaked New Yorkers Friday morning, June 7, 2013.
Rain Storms Soak New York City
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NEW YORK — Sheets of rain poured down from subway station ceilings, filled streets and intersections, and threatened to hamper public transportation Friday as Tropical Storm Andrea churned along the Georgia and Carolina coasts.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch early Friday for The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, northern Queens and Staten Island, effective through Saturday afternoon. It also issued a rip current advisory for Brooklyn and Southern Queens, and coastal flooding advisories for The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island.

"The remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea will result in widespread rain," the agency warned.

Two to four inches of precipitation were expected by Saturday afternoon.

New Jersey Transit announced it would cross-honor tickets systemwide for any delayed service on its bus, rail and light rail from noon to midnight "due to severe weather conditions."

The Port Authority also reported flight disruptions at John F. Kennedy International Airport due to the weather.

The MTA postponed the opening of a new entrance ramp onto the Brooklyn-bound side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Narrows Road South, and heavy rains apparently caused leaks on some subway station platforms.

"It's raining on the downtown 1 train platform at 42nd Street," WNYC producer Kate Hinds posted to Twitter, where she shared a six-second video that showed water cascading from the ceiling.

Nevertheless, subway trains and regional rail lines were running without reported weather-related delays as of noon Friday, the MTA said.

The city's Office of Emergency Management invited New Yorkers to download its"Ready New York: Flooding" guide Friday afternoon, available on the agency's website.