It was naïve to think that when it finally stopped snowing a few weeks ago — in April! — that the weather would just give up its uncaring quest to make us miserable. The precipitation gods merely adjusted for the season, and yesterday marked the tenth rainiest day ever recorded in New York City. Central Park got 4.97 inches in 24 hours, and about 5.12 inches overall, a month’s worth in a single soggy day.
Roads are also closed across the city and the tri-state area, which was absolutely pummeled with rain. Residents of Howard Beach said, “It was worse than Sandy,” while Philly was hit hard as well:
Residents of Howard Beach say flooding last night was worse than during Sandy. pic.twitter.com/QENBzn08Dd— Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen) May 1, 2014
Who's up for some fun late night live-tweeting? I'm currently stuck in rising water in a flooded street in Newark. pic.twitter.com/h20SRLDajH— Hillary Reinsberg (@hreins) May 1, 2014
Major street flooding in Lindenwood section of Brooklyn. Residents blame sewer back ups. pic.twitter.com/TH3hYYFczd— Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen) May 1, 2014
But the Northeast is nothing compared to the South, where storms have dropped more than ten inches, and the resulting tornadoes have killed at least 35 people in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida:
More showers and thunderstorms are expected in New York throughout the day, but the high is 72 degrees. Just focus on that part.