Officials warn of heavy rain in New York after widespread criticism of handling of flash flooding

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams are warning residents of heavy rain in the state after receiving widespread criticism on how they recently handled flash flooding in the city.

The warning comes exactly one week after more than 5 inches of rain fell across parts of New York, flooding subway stations, roads and a terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

As the remnants of post-tropical cyclone Philippe moved north in the Atlantic and vowed to bring rain to New York City overnight and into Saturday, Adams said he activated the city’s Flash Flood Emergency Plan proactively on Friday.

“New Yorkers: periods of heavy rain and potential flooding are forecast late tonight into tomorrow,” he warned on the platform X, urging residents to do their part by being prepared.