It's time to start building an arc, New York.
This morning's thunderstorms have dumped sheets of rain on the city, causing the surge rates on ride-sharing apps to skyrocket and leaving commuters drenched (though business is booming for street side umbrella vendors). The rain has been substantial enough to cause the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning, which is in effect until 4:30pm today.
The warning notes that thunderstorms were producing heavy rain in the New York area as of 12:22pm, and that another one to two inches is expected to fall on the city during the rest of the day. Excessive water runoff is expected to cause flooding in small waterways, underpasses, streets and low-lying areas (one should also expect to see sewage runoff in the city's rivers).
The National Weather Service does not like to mince words when it issues a warning like this—the agency urges residents living along streams and creeks to "take immediate precautions to protect life and property."
It's time to batten down the hatches, NYC. The city's first great flood of the spring is here, and it's not fucking around.