New York might be known as the greatest city in the world, but the public transportation system? Not so much.
Monday morning commuters faced torrential downpours that flooded into some underground subway stations, causing serious delays and service changes. Of course, on top of that, everyone who had to get on and off the train at those stations got soaking wet.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning through the middle of the afternoon. Meanwhile, the New York City Transit issued a warning via Twitter, informing commuters that the staircases and stations would remain open as long as it was safe, but to proceed with caution. Teams of emergency maintenance were sent out to manage the flooding and aid commuters.
Twitter users shared videos of various scenarios:
— josh guild (@jbguild) April 16, 2018
The videos drew global attention, because no one has ever seen anything like this.
We’re talking about a lot of rain here, people:
Good morning and welcome to hell pic.twitter.com/EJ39NBwr7R
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) April 16, 2018
Like, a lot of rain:
@joshgondelman I got to take a shower after all!!
— Alice Wilder (@Alice_Wilder) April 16, 2018
When did they install free showers.
— Roger (@rogerl04) April 16, 2018
And in this case, when it rains, it pours:
— BAG LADY (@birdrib_) April 16, 2018
— Krista Feierabend (@atsirk410) April 16, 2018
— Bret Hyde (@BretHyde) April 16, 2018
People were both furious and completely confused:
I may stand corrected but I was under the impression it was not supposed to rain UNDERGROUND where the subway runs, correct?
— Mia Aquino (@SocialMia) April 16, 2018
A chorus of mobile phones singing flood alerts on the @MTA is just the extra seasoning this morning needs.
— Thomas L. Strickland ☕️ (@ThomasLS) April 16, 2018
Oh, New York. Never ceases to amaze, does it?
concrete jungle where dreams are maaade of
— Jen (@Jen_Face) April 16, 2018
It must rain in hell, mustn't it?
— Martin Nikolov (@TheFrostball) April 16, 2018