New York and Bangkok: floods following torrential rains

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Heavy rain fell on New York and Bangkok yesterday, Friday September 29, in the evening. It appears that New York suffered more damage than distant Bangkok.

Subways, buses… at the stop in New York

Several metro and commuter train lines remained blocked. A terminal at LaGuardia Airport was also closed for hours.

Nearly 22 cm of rain was reported to have fallen at John F. Kennedy Airport by nightfall Friday.

Parts of Brooklyn saw more than 7 inches of rain in an hour.

Further showers are expected this Saturday

Virtually all metro lines have been at least partly suspended, diverted or running with delays. The Long Island Rail Road was closed, Many city buses were stranded.

Traffic was backed up earlier in the day on a stretch of FDR Drive, a major thoroughfare in eastern Manhattan. Some drivers had to abandon their vehicles.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia over the Atlantic Ocean, combined with a mid-latitude system moving in from the west, at a time of year when conditions coming off the ocean are particularly storm-friendly, said Ross Dickman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. This combination of storms hovered over New York for 12 hours.

The weather service had warned of 3 to 5 inches of rain and asked emergency officials to expect more than 6 inches in some places, Dickman said.

Bangkok also affected by rains

Several areas of Bangkok, which covers the provinces of Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan, were flooded by water after hours of torrential rain.

According to state services, the highest rainfall was recorded at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Phra Khanong district, with 140.5 mm.

Flash floods were reported in several areas, including Soi Pridi Banomyong, Udomsuk Raod and Bangna districts.

Flooding caused traffic to stop on Sukhumvit Road. Several vehicles apparently broke down due to floodwaters.

Storm surge coming from the Andaman Sea

A storm surge refers to the rise in sea level under the impact of a tropical cyclone with winds of at least 100 km/h, which pushes a large volume of water into the Chao Phraya River, causing it to overflow and flood urban areas along the river.

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