Powerful Thunderstorms Bring Heavy Rain and Major Flight Delays and Cancellations in Northeast

By Kurt Stolz on 19 July 2022
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A line of severe thunderstorms tore through the Northeast Monday, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds along with frequent lightning.

The National Weather Service reported a daily record amount of rainfall in Central Park, 1.85” (4.7 cm) recorded, breaking the daily rainfall record for that day of 1.76” (4.5 cm) previously set in 2012.

The storms resulted in cancellation rates as high as 50% at major airports and flooded major roads, leaving some drivers stranded and forced to ditch their vehicles in Bergen County, New Jersey.

At New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a full 50% of scheduled flights were delayed and an additional 7% were cancelled, while the figures at nearby LaGuardia Airport were 47% for delays with 29% cancelled.

Newark Liberty International Airport reported that 41% of its scheduled flights had been delayed and that an additional 21% had been cancelled.

The numbers weren’t much better in Boston or Washington, D.C.  Boston Logan International Airport reported that 35% of its flights had been delayed on Monday, while an additional 5% were cancelled. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport said that 41% had been delayed and 10% had been cancelled.

The storms also affected mass transit throughout the region.   In New York City, A trains were temporarily not running in the afternoon and evening between 168th Street and Inwood-207th Street in the Bronx while crews worked to remove water from the tracks near Dyckman Street. C trains were also impacted by the flooding.

The Metro North Railroad reported delays of up to 20 minutes on its commuter trains, while New Jersey Transit said that the Pascack Valley Line as well as the Morris and Essex Line posted 30 minute delays.

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