New Yorkers trapped in flash flood are rescued from Bronx expressway

New Yorkers trapped in flash flood are rescued from Bronx expressway
New Yorkers trapped in flash flood are rescued from Bronx expressway

Severe weather and flash flooding has hit New York City, leaving motorists stranded in water and subway stations submerged, even as Tropical Storm Elsa prepares to pound the region.

As shocking videos emerged showing New Yorkers wading through filthy waist-deep water to catch a train, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on Twitter to blame 'fossil fuel execs' and promote her Green New Deal as the solution to severe weather. 

The thunderstorms that brought large hail to parts of New Jersey and spurred flash flooding in Manhattan are unrelated to Elsa, which hit the DC area on Thursday night as it heads towards NYC.

But the severe weather gave New Yorkers a taste of what could be in store for them, with Elsa predicted to arrive there by Friday afternoon with tropical-force winds and heavy rain.

As flash flooding hits NYC, video showed a woman plunging into the squalid, trash-filled water to catch a train as it arrived in the station

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In the Washington Heights neighborhood, the 1 Train station at 157th Street was seen submerged in deep water

As flash flooding hits NYC, video showed a woman plunging into the squalid, trash-filled water to catch a train as it arrived in the station

On the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, the NYPD Strategic Response Group was deployed to rescue motorists whose vehicles stalled in deep water

On the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, the NYPD Strategic Response Group was deployed to rescue motorists whose vehicles stalled in deep water

On the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, the NYPD Strategic Response Group was deployed to rescue motorists whose vehicles stalled in deep water.

Utilizing a department truck designed to haul crowd-control barriers, NYPD officers rescued several stranded motorists, loading them onto the truck's flatbed to ford the floodwater.

The rescues took place near 179th street in the University Heights neighborhood.

Meanwhile, several Manhattan subway stations experienced severe flooding as well.

In the Washington Heights neighborhood, the 1 Train station at 157th Street was seen submerged in deep water.

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One shocking video circulating on social media showed a woman plunging into the squalid, trash-filled water to catch a train as it arrived in the station, holding shopping bags high above her head to keep them dry.

New Yorkers received a flash flood warning on Thursday as thunderstorms swept through

New Yorkers received a flash flood warning on Thursday as thunderstorms swept through

Some brave commuters waded through filthy water at 157th St

Others innovated and tried to hop through it in a trash bag, in the style of a potato-sack races

Some brave commuters

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