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Record rain recorded in New York City

August 15, 2011

Record rainfall around New York City hobbled travelers and flooded roads Sunday.

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.

Weather service meteorologist Gary Conte in Upton said periods of rain and a few thunderstorms remain in the forecast. A flash flood watch was in effect. He expected wet weather into Tuesday but not like the hard rain that hit the city Sunday.Flight delays were reported at all three major airports in the area.

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.

Numerous reports of flooding on local streets and highways came in during the evening hours. The city Department of Environmental Protection had 21 sewer maintenance crews in the field at night, as well as emergency repair workers, spokesman Farrell Sklerov said in an email.

The Red Cross said it provided five families with emergency housing after they were displaced by flooding in their homes in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Some local beaches were closed as a precautionary measure because storm runoff can cause elevated levels of bacteria.

Consolidated Edison said 2,000 customers were without power Sunday night, mostly in Brooklyn, because of flooded manholes and downed power lines. Utility spokesman Chris Olert said the company expected to restore power to those customers by late Sunday night.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management activated its “situation room” to monitor the storms, spokesman Seth Andrews said.

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