Rare hail storm pelts New York

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A freak but fast moving autumn storm dumped quarter-sized hail on New York City Monday night causing major traffic problems, officials said.

Subway service in Brooklyn was delayed and flooding was so bad along Fourth Avenue in Park Slope that some cars ended up partially submerged, The New York Times reported.


Meteorologist Matthew Tauber of the National Weather Service said the powerful storm dumped three-quarters of an inch of hail in Brooklyn Heights and hail one inch deep in Hoboken, N.J.

The hail tore leaves off trees in Prospect Heights and battered windows.

Nearly an inch of rain fell in Central Park.

A 30-foot tree crashed onto a parked minivan in Park Slope, blocking the entire street.

"There was ice everywhere," Gilberto Santana, 42, told the New York Daily News. "It was a river in the street almost up to my knees."

At the height of the storm, the National Weather Service said rain was falling at the rate of two inches an hour.

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