NEW YORK – The death toll from Hurricane Ida’s remains is staggering Explosion across the northeast It rose to eight on Thursday after the city and parts of New Jersey were flooded.
Police said at least seven people were killed in the floods in New York City. Hector Laura, the mayor of Passaic, New Jersey, said someone died there in a submerged car.
Floods in Queens and Brooklyn turned major streets into rivers and inundated basement and first-floor apartments as torrential rain battered the city for several hours Wednesday night. The Office of the National Weather Service in New York has declared a flash flood emergency, a rare warning for situations where flooding causes “a serious threat to human life and catastrophic damage.”
The city’s emergency department warned all residents not to travel overnight as more than 3 inches of rain fell in Central Park in an hour. Videos shared on social media showed the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway impassable, cars stuck in streets in Elmhurst, Queens, and water racing at Manhattan subway stations.
The NYPD responded to many 911 calls, but the department didn’t have a preliminary count of the number of rescues in the waters it was involved in until Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service recorded 3.15 inches of rain in New York’s Central Park in one hour late Wednesday, far exceeding the record 1.94 inches that fell in one hour during Tropical Storm Henry less than two weeks ago.
New York Governor Cathy Hochhol declare a state of emergency On Wednesday night, the National Weather Service warned flooded New Jersey of the danger of tornadoes.
New York’s FDR, a major artery on Manhattan’s east side, and the Bronx River Parkway were under water late Wednesday night.
The state of the NYC subway is in flux for the morning rush
Subway stations and tracks were so inundated that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all services. Videos posted online showed subway passengers standing on seats in cars filled with water.
Although the rain ended overnight, 21 areas of New York City’s subway system were still experiencing some flooding as of 6 a.m., Acting Transportation Chief Janu Lieber told NY1. Pumping has been going on, and metro service should increase, but Lieber declined to speculate when the system would return to full service.
“Service is largely down due to heavy rainfall and flooding across the region,” the MTA said in a 5 a.m. notice on its website. “Please avoid all non-essential travel at this time.”
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New Jersey residents urged to stay off the roads
“Get off the roads, stay home, and stay safe,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter amid dozens of videos circulating on social media. Murphy declared a state of emergency in all 21 New Jersey counties.
Garang footage showed water inside Newark Liberty International Airport and water flowing into the baggage facilities. The airport announced on Twitter that it was suspending all flight activities as of 10:30 p.m., and limited flights began two hours later.
New Jersey Transit said nearly all train services are suspended.
“All light rails and buses are subject to suspension, detours and delays due to widespread weather problems,” the agency wrote on Twitter.
Contributing: Kevin McCoy, USA Today; Associated Press