Consolidated Edison officials have determined that runoff from the heavy rains caused two manhole explosions in the Upper West Side today.
New York City Fire Department and Con Ed crews responded to 94th Street and Columbus Avenue this morning and quickly put out the fires.
Witnesses saw flames shoot into the air. At least one car caught fire and several other cars were damaged.
"A beautiful young police lady came this morning and knocked on my door, and told me. I couldn't believe it," said an owner of one of the damaged cars. "You know what? Everything's impermanent."
No injuries were reported.
A nor'easter is drenching the city and creating strong winds that have pushed down trees in the city.
A flood watch is in effect until tomorrow evening.