Nasty storm causes public transit and flight delays, dangerous driving conditions, flooding

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NEW YORK — Commuters are facing major delays Friday as a major storm slowly moves through the Northeast, bringing with it lashing winds, snow and downpours causing flooding and downed trees across the tri-state area.

Precipitation began overnight, with a mix of heavy rain, hail and snow falling during the morning commute. The wet weather is expected to persist throughout the day, ending late Friday night.

Slick roads and the potential for flooding will be an issue for commuters, the National Weather Service warns.

Downed trees caused some of the biggest headaches, including a major shutdown of Amtrak service and delays for subways, NJ Transit and Metro-North.

The following delays were reported as of Friday afternoon. Refresh this page for the latest, or click here for real-time transit information.

Amtrak

  • Service was suspended between Washington D.C. and Boston in both directions due to downed trees, NYC's Office of Emergency Management tweeted 1:38 p.m. Initially service was suspended between New York and Boston. New York Penn Station to Boston service is expected to be suspended until at least 6 p.m., with exceptions. Click here for updates.

Buses, subways: New York

  • A tree on the tracks at 20 Ave. is causing delays for B, D, N, Q, R and W trains.  B trains are running local between Prospect Park and Brighton Beach in both directions, and N trains are stopping along the D line between Coney Island-Stillwell Ave. and 36 St. in both directions.
  • For much of the day there was no 5 train service between E 180 St. and Eastchester-Dyre Ave. because tree branches fell onto the tracks. Commuters can use cross-town bus service at Dyre Ave. , Gun Hill Road or Pelham Parkway, connecting to the nearby 2 train as an alternative.
  • Queens and Brooklyn local, limited, select and express buses are running with delays because of weather conditions.
  • Commuters are advised to stay away from platform edges, use handrails and walk carefully as floors will be slick throughout the day.

Ferries

  • Ferry disruptions are expected through Friday evening.
  • NYC Ferry's Rockaway Route has been suspended until further notice due to heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Both east and west shuttle buses will be redirected to take riders to the nearest A train station at Beach 105th street.
  • The Bay Ridge and BAT/Sunset Park landings for NYC Ferry's South Brooklyn Route have been suspended until further notice due to rain and wind. Service will be limited to Pier 11 to Red Hook until further notice.
  • NYC Ferry's Astoria Route was suspended by 1:50 p.m. due to winds and heavy storm surge.
  • The 7:17 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Belford ferries are canceled in anticipation of bad weather, according to NY Waterway.

NJ Transit

  • Cross-honoring is in effect for NJ Transit buses and private carriers, and rail and light rail services on Friday and Saturday.
  • NJ Transit rail service faced 20 minute delays system-wide as of 1 p.m. due to weather.
  • Morris and Essex Line service resumed by 2:30 p.m. after a two-hour suspension between Dover and Convent Station due to a tree down in the overhead wires near Morris Plains.
  • Bus Route No. 196 operated on a snow detour, not on Skyline Drive.
  • The Hoboken Train Station appeared flooded in an image shared on social media at 7:09 a.m.

LIRR

  • Oyster Bay, Pt Jeff and Ronkonkoma service is suspended in both directions until further notice as a result of a fallen PSEGLI pole across the tracks near Westbury
  • Service is suspended in both directions between Great Neck and Port Washington due to weather-related signal problems
  • The 6:33 p.m. train from Penn due Babylon at 7:35 p.m. is cancelled due to storm-related issues. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:36 p.m. train from Penn due Wantagh at 7:29 p.m., which will be extended to Babylon.
  • Before the storm, LIRR officials said "personnel and equipment has been pre-positioned to address storm-related issues."

Metro-North

  • The railroad is operating on a regular weekday schedule with delays expected.
  • A tree that fell on tracks near Pleasantville caused delays for Harlem Line commuters as of 10:30 a.m.

Roads

  • Grand Central Parkway westbound was flooding at the Bronx-Queens Expressway by 7:14 a.m.
  • The Department of Transportation is encouraging people to check 511NY.org before hitting the roads to check the latest conditions.

Air travel

  • Kennedy Airport: About a quarter of all scheduled flights were canceled by late Friday morning. This information was tweeted before a ground stop was implemented for domestic flights into the airport.
  • LaGuardia Airport: There were no arrivals or departures at the airport due to heavy winds as of 1 p.m., and as 6:36 a.m. more than 400 flights were canceled.
  • Newark Airport: About a quarter of all scheduled flights were canceled as of late Friday morning. The AirTrain was also suspended and replaced by shuttle buses at 11:30 a.m.
  • More than 2,800 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were canceled as of late Friday afternoon, according to flightaware.com.