Torrential rains brought by the remains of the Hurricane Ida storm system caused deadly flooding in New York on Wednesday that took the lives of at least nine people. The flooding also swept away cars, covered streets and subway lines, and temporarily grounded flights into New York and New Jersey, Reuters reports.
Hurricane Ida was downgraded to a Tropical Depression on Monday, just 24 hours after it hit Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane, KIRO 7 News reports.
The flooding was so intense that the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for New York City for the first time in the organization’s history. The governors of New York and New Jersey, Kathy Hochul and Phil Murphy, respectively, also declared states of emergency in their states and urged residents to remain where they are until the roads are cleared.
“It is not safe to drive,” Murphy said in a Twitter post. “Our crews are working to clear and open roads, and we need everyone to stay off them so crews can safely do their job,” he added.
Please stay off the roads.
Many roads remain flooded this morning. It is not safe to drive. Our crews are working to clear and open roads, and we need everyone to stay off them so crews can safely do their job.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) September 2, 2021
According to the National Weather Service, on Wednesday, 7.13 inches of rain fell on New York City. This is the fifth-highest daily amount of rain to ever fall on the city.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority said in a statement that, as of Thursday morning, New York City subway services were “extremely limited,” and commuter rail lines to northern suburbs of the city were completely out of service.
So far, at least nine people have been killed from the flooding, and more than 200,000 people across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut are without power.
ABC 6 reports that the storm system also spawned at least one tornado that battered parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In total, some 16 tornado warnings were issued across both states.
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