Trains in and out of Grand Central Terminal are canceled
A severe thunderstorm is rolling through the New York City area right now, and according to the National Weather Service, it has the potential to cause some severe disruption in the five boroughs. In addition to bringing wind gusts of up to 75 mph, it may also bring hail, a possibly even a tornado.
The storm is already affecting the evening rush hour: Downed trees upstate have caused Metro-North Rail Road to suspend all service on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines—so, effectively, across its entire network—and travelers are encouraged to avoid Grand Central Terminal in the meantime.
Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line service is currently suspended to ensure customer safety during the course of the thunderstorms in our service area. Customers are advised to avoid GCT until further notice.
— Metro-North Railroad (@MetroNorth) May 15, 2018
Multiple sources have reported that entrances at Grand Central are temporarily closed in order to prevent overcrowding. We’ll update as more on this story develops.
WHOA: Just in from the @MTA: As a result of downed trees across the northern suburbs affecting all rail lines, Metro-North Railroad has suspended service … To prevent overcrowding of Grand Central Terminal, the Terminal’s entrances are being closed temporarily.
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) May 15, 2018
Similar problems are playing out along the NYC subway: Franklin Avenue Shuttle service is suspended because of downed trees, and SIR service is delayed. At this writing, there are also changes to the 2 and 5 trains in the Bronx because of a downed tree at Eastchester-Dyre Avenue.
Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
Metro-North service suspended due to severe thunderstorm