May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri 4/6 left right People walk in the rain, as pictured though a taxi window, in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri 5/6 left right A New York Police officer uses a barricade to clear a drain on the West Side Highway after heavy rain in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., กระเป๋าสตางค์ ผู้หญิง May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri 6/6 By Peter Szekely | NEW YORK NEW YORK Heavy, wind-driven rain soaked the New York City area on Friday afternoon, causing local flooding and an array of transportation delays across the heavily populated region. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for much of New York City and several suburban counties as a weather system that stretched across much of the Eastern Seaboard dumped three inches of rain on the metropolitan region in three hours. The rain forced the closure of Manhattan's West Side Highway, a major thoroughfare along the Hudson River, for at least 10 blocks, and caused extensive traffic delays citywide, New York City's Office of Emergency Management said. While the intensity of rainfall had diminished shortly before the evening rush hour, water in flood-affected areas was expected to take several hours to recede. The weather service received reports of flooding across all five boroughs of New York City, prompting some vehicle rescues, spokesman Tim Morrin said.