Date: 2021-09-02 07:11:23
Remnants of Hurricane Ida have claimed at least nine lives across New Jersey and New York City, where record-breaking rain flooded apartments and caused subway lines to suspend operations.
- Mayor Hector Lora said the body of an elderly man in his seventies was retrieved from floodwaters in Passaic, New Jersey
- All non-emergency vehicles have been banned from entering New York City’s streets until tomorrow
- Nearly all subway lines have been forced to suspend operation
At least one person died in flash flooding that inundated the New Jersey city of Passaic, Mayor Hector Lora told CNN.
Mayor Lora said the body of an elderly man in his seventies was retrieved from floodwaters, while firefighters were able to rescue two others from the vehicle.
NBC reports one more person has died in New Jersey and seven have died in New York City, including a two-year-old boy.
Local media reported that many died when they were trapped in their basements.
In New York City, which borders New Jersey at the Hudson River, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency for the region due to what he called a “historic weather event” with record-breaking rain across the city leading to flooding and dangerous conditions on the roads.
Nearly all New York City subway lines were suspended late on Wednesday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain and the threat of flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northern mid-Atlantic, CNN reported earlier.
Play on the outside courts at the US Open has also been suspended after a tornado warning was issued for New York.
All non-emergency vehicles were banned from New York City’s streets until 5:00am local time on Thursday due to the weather, city authorities said.
At least five flash-flood emergencies were issued on Wednesday evening by the National Weather Service, stretching from just west of Philadelphia through northern New Jersey.
Earlier in the night, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also declared a state of emergency in response to Ida.
Storm damage from Ida astounded officials three days after the powerful hurricane pounded southern Louisiana, as reconnaissance flights revealed entire communities devastated by wind and floods.
Tornadoes spawned by the storm ripped through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, damaging at least nine properties, local media reported.
New Jersey’s Newark Liberty Airport said on Twitter it was experiencing “severe flooding”.
It said it resumed “limited flight operations” close to midnight after all flight activity was suspended late on Wednesday.
In New York City, social media images show water gushing over subway platforms and trains.
Subway service was “extremely limited” due to the flooding, the Metropolitan Transit Authority said.
First responders evacuated people from the subway system, the acting chair and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Janno Lieber, said in a statement.
The Mayor urged people to not go outside.
“Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services get their work done,” he said.
“If you’re thinking of going outside, don’t. Stay off the subways. Stay off the roads.
“Don’t drive into these heavy waters. Stay inside”, he said on Twitter.
More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi — including all of New Orleans — were left without power when Hurricane Ida slammed the electric grid with its 240-kilometre-per-hour winds toppling a major transmission tower, knocking out thousands of kilometres of power lines and hundreds of substations.