On Wednesday, the remnants of Hurricane Ida struck the Mid-Atlantic states. Strong winds and downpours severely disrupted traffic throughout the region and prompted New York City to issue a flash flood emergency for the first time.
The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that at least one tornado had occurred, and social media reports showed that houses in Mullica Hill in Southern County, New Jersey, on the outskirts of Philadelphia, had been reduced to rubble. As the storm entered New York on Wednesday night, the Newark Liberty International Airport also confirmed flooding.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay at home in the downpour.
“This is a catastrophic water level, and we need to keep people away from the road,” the new governor Tell NY1 Shortly after midnight on Thursday. “The subway system is flooded in some places, which is a terrible sight. I want people to be safe.”
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A sort of Travel ban All non-emergency vehicles in the city are also enforced until 5 a.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency early Wednesday night and urged people to stay away from subways and roads.
The mayor wrote on Twitter: “Tonight we are experiencing a historic weather event, with record rainfall, flooding and road hazards throughout the city.”
New York’s Central Park recorded about 3.15 inches of rainfall in one hour, according to By NWS, it far exceeded the 1.94 inches of rainfall during the same period of time during Tropical Storm Henry on August 22, which was considered to be the highest rainfall recorded in the park at the time.
According to reports, flights to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport were interrupted, and the city’s entire subway system was either severely restricted or suspended due to severe weather conditions and flooding.
“Due to heavy rain and flooding throughout the area, train services are very limited and not even suspended,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told customers in an email alert late Wednesday.
Videos and images on social media Shows that floods are pouring into subway stations, and water is pouring out of subway platforms and trains.
After radar confirmed the formation of a tornado, the National Weather Service earlier issued a tornado warning to several communities in the Bronx.
The Queen’s Road in Maspez/Corona is currently a real river. The bus was completely submerged and passed, and many cars were trapped in the water. Absolutely crazy. pic.twitter.com/LuSL9uWCEl
-Joe English (@JoeEEnglish) September 2, 2021
Hochul told CNN late Wednesday that the storm was “far more destructive than anyone expected”, adding that “we cannot guarantee [the subway] It will be able to run normally tomorrow. “
She said that at least 31,000 households (mainly in Long Island) had power outages, and rapid water rescue teams had been deployed.She told New York 1 She was not aware of any injuries at the time.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also declared a state of emergency in all 21 counties, urging people to stay away from flooded roads.
At the same time, in Pennsylvania, because roads were flooded, Ada caused countless schools and businesses to close. Thousands of customers still had power outages late on Wednesday night.
In Maryland and Virginia, high water levels have forced some people to leave their homes.
The National Weather Service stated that flash flood emergency situations in areas including New York, Brooklyn and Queens will continue until 3 am
“This emergency was caused by a continuous life-threatening flash flood. The largest rainfall has been pushed to the east of the flash flood emergency zone, and the rainfall will be even more moderate in the next few hours.” the latest update.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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