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Strong winds and heavy rain slow transit around NYC

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 22:30:10-04

NEW YORK — Tropical Storm Fay caused a tree to fall on the NW line in Astoria Friday, slowing down service despite preparations for the storm.

Even on a sunny day, water and drainage are issues for New York City’s transit system.

Water heads underground — now, transit workers have to add in a tropical storm.

Millions of gallons of water are pumped out of the MTA’s system on a daily basis at stations and access points across the five boroughs.

NYC Transit crews demonstrated part of that process.

Transit crews check on locations, tracks and above ground stations where a structure’s construction could be funneling even more water into the system.

Sandbags might be seen in certain places, including Lower Manhattan or Sixth Avenue.

There are also key areas that seem to have problems regularly during heavy rains due to road designs.

The MTA’s situation room is up and running. Recent alerts amid the storm have been delays to remove tree limbs in Brooklyn.