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Storm Spells Misery For Metro-North Riders During Evening Commute

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The fast-moving, powerful storm that smacked into the Tri-State Area Tuesday evening made for a miserable evening commute for Metro-North riders.

“It couldnt have happened at a worse time at the very beginning of rush hour,” said MTA chairman Joseph Lhota, noting numerous trees were blown down onto train tracks throughout the area.

The New Haven, Hudson and Harlem lines were all affected by power outages after 5 p.m.

Lhota said the Harlem line suffered significantly more downed trees and would be back up and running this evening, but only as far as the North White Plains station. Further stops north have suffered track damage.

Passengers were stuck at Grand Central Terminal, where several Metro-North lines were suspended. Images posted on social media showed huge crowds packing the terminal.

The storm forced the suspension of Metro-North Railroad service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.

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

Some Hudson line service was restored about an hour later.

Hudson Line service has resumed between Grand Central Terminal and Croton-Harmon with delays of up to 60 minutes. Service between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie remains suspended due to the of multiple downed trees. Please listen for announcements at your station.

— Metro-North Railroad (@MetroNorth) May 15, 2018

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