Aug 13, 2014

Rain on Long Island Breaks a Record, Floods Highways and Sets Cars Afloat

Islip, NY
USA
by
Marc Santora and Arielle Dollinger
,
New York Times
Heavy flooding in Long Island. Image: Uli Seit, New York Times
Heavy flooding in Long Island. Image: Uli Seit, New York Times

Over the years, Long Island has been blasted by hurricanes, drenched by tropical storms and battered by blizzards. But none of those storms brought the kind of deluge many residents experienced early on Wednesday. In less than 24 hours, 13.27 inches of rain had fallen at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, in Suffolk County, shattering a daily rainfall record in the state of New York. The previous record during a 24-hour period — 11.6 inches — was measured near Tarrytown in Westchester County during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.