New York battered with heavy rain from Tropical Storm Barry, leaving one person dead

Mail Online | 7/17/2019 | Sophie Wingate For Dailymail.com
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Remnants of Tropical Storm Barry have battered New York with torrential rain, incessant lightning and gusty winds, leaving one person dead, streets flooded and water gushing through subway stations.

A Connecticut man died after a tree was struck by lightning and a large limb fell onto his car roof at around 5 p.m. as he was driving on Bridgeport's Park Avenue.

Police - Jarrod - Marotto - Southington - Wheel

Police found Jarrod Marotto, 21, of Southington, unconscious behind the wheel and he died on the way to hospital, WABC-TV reported.

An electrical crew had to shut down the power to wires that had also toppled on the vehicle before rescuers could begin to work to free Marotto.

Plenty - Showers - Thunderstorms - Area - Evening

'There are plenty of showers and thunderstorms around the area this evening,' the National Weather Service warned in a 5pm tweet. 'These storms could produce strong gusty winds and heavy downpours. Remember, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 10pm, and a Flash Flood Watch until 5am.'

New Yorkers posted videos of rainwater inundating Long Island City's Court Square station and even pouring into a W train subway carriage on social media.

New - Jersey - Drivers - Trucks - Drivers

In New Jersey, downpours left many drivers stranded and tow trucks were called in after drivers were unable to get through low-lying areas.

Both directions of the Garden State Parkway in Irvington were temporarily shut down because the roadways were flooded, CBS2 reported.

Holland - Tunnel - Jersey - City - Cars

The Holland Tunnel in Jersey City was so flooded that cars were struggling to drive through, and the water line hit car bumpers in Hoboken, where pedestrians were wading through knee-deep water, WABC-TV reported.

In Kearny, lightning is believed to have set fire to a landfill.

NBC - Strikes - New - York - City

NBC reported that more than 500 lightning strikes happened in and around New York city in just a 15-minute period at around 8 p.m., with some caught on camera, including in...
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