NEW YORK (AP) — A line of strong storms pushing across New York City has badly disrupted the evening commute.
The Metro-North commuter railroad said Tuesday evening the Hudson and New Haven lines are experiencing delays of up to 60 minutes after being suspended earlier due to downed trees on the tracks. The Harlem line is still suspended.
Access to Grand Central Terminal is currently limited to the 42nd Street entrances to prevent the station from getting too crowded.
Pictures posted on social media showed concourses at the terminal jammed with stranded passengers.
The sky over the city turned black as the storm rolled in.
The three major airports serving the city were all experiencing flight delays of an hour or more.
UPDATE: 7:43 p.m.
Service on the Harlem line has resumed with limited service between Grand Central Terminal and White Plains. There is very limited service between White Plains and Mount Kisco. Service north of Mount Kisco remains suspected because of multiple downed trees.
UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.
The Hudson line is operating on limited service from Grand Central Terminal to Croton-Harmon with delays of up to 60 minutes. Service remains suspended between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie.
“Customers wishing to travel north of Croton-Harmon should arrange alternate transportation at Croton-Harmon,” Metro-North advised.
UPDATE: 6:34 p.m.
The New Haven line of service has resumed with limited service. There are delays up to an hour.
Access to Grand Central Terminal is limited to the 42nd Street entrances.
UPDATE: 6:20 p.m.
The Hudson line of service from Metro-North has resumed between Grand Central Terminal and Croton-Harmon with delays up to 60 minutes.
Service between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie remains suspended because of multiple trees down.
After severe thunderstorms ripped across the state Tuesday evening, Metro-North Railroad suspended three of its lines for customer safety.
New Haven, Hudson and Harlem lines of Metro-North are currently suspended to ensure customer safety during the storm.
Customers are advised to avoid Grand Central Terminal until further notice.
The announcement came at 5:24 p.m. via Twitter — at the peak time for commuters trying to make their way home.
There was no estimated time for when the lines might resume service.