New York City transit shuts down due to Isaias

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Crews were cleaning up debris left behind by Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4.

Isaias was being difficult on Aug. 4. The tropical storm ripped upward along the East Coast and hit New York City transit particularly hard.

Gusting winds, some exceeding 70 mph, took out hundreds of trees, with several landing on New York City subway and commuter railroad tracks. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to shut down service to give crews the chance to clear the debris.

Officials said at least 20 trees and large branches cluttered track lines during the storm. Six larger pieces of debris, including a fence, also provided interference for trains.

The Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad also shut down service due to downed trees and utility poles. MTA said at least eight trees dropped on LIRR tracks and caused 21 trains on the railroad to stop before their end destinations. Metro-North Railroad said at least 30 trees fell on its tracks.

Crews were working throughout the night of Aug. 4 to get light-rail and subway transit up and running again.

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