Monday, August 15, 2011

New York City sets record for rainfall at John F Kennedy airport - 15th Aug 2011

Record rainfall around New York City that flooded roads on Sunday could cause delays for commuters Monday morning.

John F. Kennedy International Airport reported 7.72 inches Sunday night — the most ever recorded there in a single day. The driving rain broke the previous record of 6.3 inches, set in 1983, the National Weather Service said.

The highest total regionally was recorded at Lido Beach in Nassau County — 10.87 inches of rain by dusk.

More rain is expected through Tuesday.

Sunday's heavy rain caused flooding, signal problems and downed trees on tracks along the Long Island Rail Road. Some trains were delayed or were replaced by bus service.

Transit officials said workers spent Sunday pumping water out of the subway system and fixing signals and switches after problems on the N, L and E lines, among others. Bus detours were in place to avoid flooded streets in Queens.

Marjorie Anders, spokeswoman for the LIRR and Metro-North Railroad, urged commuters to check transit websites and local news outlets for updates Monday morning.

Flight delays were reported at all three major airports in the area. Read More