The sky opened up over New York City Wednesday, causing flooding and leaving some Brooklyn streets — especially in Gowanus — under several feet of water.
The Doppler radar initially reported a torrential downpour that dropped an inch of water in just 30 minutes, creating flash flooding.
By 1 p.m. when a flash flood warning expired in Manhattan and Brooklyn, several inches of rain had fallen. People outside the Gowanus Ballroom could be seen trudging through thigh-high flood water, some carried their bicycles over their heads.
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In total, the Doppler radar indicated rainfall amounts over two inches across a good portion of Brooklyn and Queens. Some spots like the Rockaways received as much as four inches of rain.
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Eventually the storm moved southeast toward Brighton Beach and the Rockaways and flash flood warnings were extended to southern Brooklyn at 12:45 p.m.
After storm clean up pic.twitter.com/UHGwF4fNk0
— xtrememeasure (@xtrememeasure) July 15, 2015
Power flickering on and off. some 9f the street is flooding, getting pretty intense down here #rockaway
— The Tomato (@glorifiedtomato) July 15, 2015
The storms are expected to diminish heading into the evening hours — a wonderful end to the work week is expected with sunny skies and low humidity. Temperatures will climb to around 80 degrees during the afternoon.