Storm Elsa, which continues on its way to Florida, hit New York in full force, with parts of the highway in some places becoming rivers.
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Rain inundated the Degan Expressway in the Bronx Thursday afternoon.
Several photos and videos posted on social networks show cars submerged in water, and lines of vehicles avoiding water by going through the only lanes that can still be used.
A city police truck has been mobilized to rescue the motorists whose car got trapped.
A severe thunderstorm warning went into effect at 9 p.m. Thursday, and is expected to last until noon the following day, as the storm is about to pass through the city, a meteorologist told the New York Post.
Lightning also struck an electrical transformer, but there was no physical damage that was unfortunate.