New York City area gets one of its wettest days in decades, as rain swamps subways and streets

September 30, 2023

The 8.65 inches (21.97 centimeters) at John F. Kennedy Airport surpassed its record for any September day, a bar set during Hurricane Donna in 1960, the National Weather Service said. City officials said they got reports of six flooded basement apartments Friday, but all occupants got out safely. Another Brooklyn school was mopping up ground-floor classrooms, City Councilwoman Crystal Hudson said in an email seeking volunteers to help. The New York Rangers and New York Islanders postponed a preseason game on Long Island. The park recorded 5.8 inches (14.73 centimeters) of rain by nightfall Friday.