Fay downgraded to post-tropical cyclone after bringing rain, gusty winds to NYC

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July 11, 2020 - 10:35 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Tropical Storm Fay, which brought heavy rain and winds to the Tri-State Friday, was downgraded twice Saturday morning as it moved out of the region and headed north.

Post-tropical cyclone Fay was about 30 miles south of Albany and had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its morning advisory.

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Fay had closed beaches and flooded shore town streets after it made landfall as a tropical storm north-northeast of Atlantic City on Friday afternoon. The storm weakened once it hit land and was forecast to dissipate Sunday as it moved over western New England and then southeastern Canada.

Damage was minimal in New York City, although flooding was reported in some subway stations, as well as on streets in Staten Island and Queens. There were also reports of downed trees in the city and across the region.

One Twitter user posted video showing water cascading into the Court Square subway station in Queens around 3 p.m.

The MTA said earlier in the day that crews would be out working to inspect track pumps and drains at flood prone locations while bus depots in possible flooding areas will also pay special attention for flash flooding. 

New York City Transit chief Frank Jezycki said there was some concern about flooding at vulnerable subway stations if rainfall becomes too heavy. 

“We have a comprehensive agency-wide plan in place to protect the system and ensure the safety of all employees and customers,” MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye said in a statement.

There was also flooding in parts of New Jersey, including in Hackensack and along the Jersey Shore.

Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the storm during his briefing, saying residents should use this time to have some "storm-induced social distancing."

"There is already significant flooding and we expect more of it in low lying areas and areas with poor drainage along the shore. I’ve seen images of cars floating right now in South Jersey," the governor said.