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At least 26 people have been killed in the Northeast, including a family of three with a two-year-old boy who drowned in a New York City basement, after the tail-end of Hurricane Ida crept up on the tri-state area on Wednesday night bringing a month’s worth of rain in less than a day, flooding homes while people slept and tearing up parts of New Jersey with tornadoes.

Nine people were killed in New York City as water rushed into basement apartments in Brooklyn and Queens and people all over the city became stranded in flooded subway stations. MTA bus drivers were deployed to the stations to pick people up who were stranded and get them to safety.

The entire subway system was suspended and remains largely out of use on Thursday morning. AMTRAK has canceled services between Boston and Philadelphia and all of United Airlines’ flights out of Newark were suspended on Thursday morning – some 300.   

Eight of the NYC victims died in flooded basement homes. One person was found in the backseat of a car on Thursday morning, at around 10am. They were in the backseat of the vehicle and had drifted from the Grand Central Parkway, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced on Thursday.  A tenth man died in a vehicle in upstate New York. 

Fourteen people died in New Jersey – nine were swept away in cars that became submerged in the water and five died in an apartment complex in Elizabeth. Four people from one family – 

A 19-year-old man died in Maryland when the Rock Creek River burst its banks and flooded nearby homes, and one person died in Upper Dublin Township near Philadelphia.  

More people have now been found dead in New York City from Ida than in Louisiana, which had days to prepare for the storm.  New Yorkers are furious that Mayor Bill de Blasio did not give more warning of what was to come. 

Now, a massive clean-up operation is underway across the tri-state area and rescue teams in Pennsylvania are still going door-to-door in boats looking for people to save.  

New York City officials and President Biden on Thursday blamed the catastrophe on climate change. 

‘This is yet another reminder that extreme storms and the climate crisis are here,’ Biden said in an address on Hurricane Ida’s devastation. 

‘Floods are going to happen with increasing frequency,’ he continued. ‘For us, this isn’t about politics. Hurricane Ida didn’t care if you were a Democrat or Republican. This destruction is everywhere.’

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Train tracks are flooded in the Bronx following a night of heavy wind and rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021 in New York City. Multiple fatalities have been reported in the region after the storm passed through, causing massive flooding and a widespread disruption of subway service

Multiple homes are destroyed after a Tornado hit Mullica Hill, New Jersey, yesterday. September 02 2021. The neighborhood is just south of Philadelphia, near the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border

Multiple homes are destroyed after a Tornado hit Mullica Hill, New Jersey, yesterday. September 02 2021. The neighborhood is just south of Philadelphia, near the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border

Multiple homes are destroyed after a Tornado hit Mullica Hill, New Jersey, yesterday. September 02 2021

Multiple homes are destroyed after a Tornado hit Mullica Hill, New Jersey, yesterday. September 02 2021

Homes damaged from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Josephine Lane in Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Homes damaged from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Josephine Lane in Mullica Hill, New Jersey 

Parked cars sit in flood waters behind an apartment building, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, Mamaroneck, N.Y. A stunned U.S. East Coast woke up Thursday to a rising death toll

Parked cars sit in flood waters behind an apartment building, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, Mamaroneck, N.Y. A stunned U.S. East Coast woke up Thursday to a rising death toll

An abandon car sits in standing flood waters on a residential street, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, Mamaroneck, New York

An abandon car sits in standing flood waters on a residential street, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, Mamaroneck, New York

A city underwater: 145th Street station on Wednesday night after Hurricane Ida brought nearly 6 inches of rain to New York City - 3.5inches in an hour - the single highest rainfall ever recorded. Nine people in the city died

A city underwater: 145th Street station on Wednesday night after Hurricane Ida brought nearly 6 inches of rain to New York City – 3.5inches in an hour – the single highest rainfall ever recorded. Nine people in the city died 

The scenes on the subway last night which remained open until 11pm - after bodies had been found in Brooklyn and Queens

The scenes on the subway last night which remained open until 11pm – after bodies had been found in Brooklyn and Queens 

A food delivery driver stands on the saddle of his bicycle outside Soho Finest Deli on the corner of Grand Street and Thompson Street in Soho on Wednesday night to avoid the flood water rising up around him 

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY : The inside of an MTA bus was submerged as a driver ploughed through 3-4 feet of rain

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY : The inside of an MTA bus was submerged as a driver ploughed through 3-4 feet of rain

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: The inside of an MTA bus was submerged as a driver ploughed through 3-4 feet of rain

A food delivery driver in New York City wades through knee-deep flood water on Wednesday night as Ida slams the city

A food delivery driver in New York City wades through knee-deep flood water on Wednesday night as Ida slams the city 

Ida was anticipated in the south as a ferocious hurricane that is typical of this time of year. It downgraded to a tropical storm before making its way towards the Northeast and was not expected to bring as much rain or tornadoes

Ida was anticipated in the south as a ferocious hurricane that is typical of this time of year. It downgraded to a tropical storm before making its way towards the Northeast and was not expected to bring as much rain or tornadoes 

Rescue teams were going to people's homes in dinghies on Thursday morning in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania

Rescue teams were going to people’s homes in dinghies on Thursday morning in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania 

Biden said that when the Senate returns to Washington he would direct them to pass the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan as part of his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda.

IDA CLAIMS 26 LIVES AFTER CREEPING UP ON NORTHEAST 

New York City – 9 dead

A two-year-old boy, 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man drowned in their basement apartment in Woodside, Queens 

A 48-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment in Forest Hills, Queens 

A 43-year-old mother and her 22-year-old son died in Jamaica, Queens, in their home after cars that were uprooted by water slammed into the building, causing a partial collapse   

Man, 66, who was found dead in his apartment in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn 

Woman, 86, who drowned in her basement apartment in Elmhurst, Queens 

The ninth victim was a driver who was found in the backseat of their car on Thursday at around 10am. They drowned after the car drifted from the Grand Central Parkway   

Maryland – 1 dead

A 19-year-old man was found dead after his basement apartment flooded near the Rock Creek river  

New Jersey – 14 dead

A man in his seventies was pulled from his car in Passaic, New Jersey. He died while trying to drive to safety 

Two others in the same area were swept into a river, Mayor Hector Lora said. 

Five residents of an apartment complex in Elizabeth, New Jersey, were also reported dead by NBC news. 

Two other people were killed on the roads in Hillsborough Township

Pennsylvania – 1 dead

One person died in Upper Dublin Township, the mayor announced 

‘Experiencing all this flooding in NYC right now and thinking about all the politicians who told me that pursuing a Green New Deal to adapt our nat’l infrastructure to climate change is ‘unrealistic’ & ‘too expensive.” 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, N.Y., wrote on Twitter. ‘As if doing too little is the responsible, adult thing to do?’

‘Members of both parties engage in misleading rhetoric and funny math to convince the public we are addressing climate change more than we are – & that includes parts of the current infrastructure plan,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘We need a Green New Deal now.’

‘Global warming is upon us not a coincidence,’ Sen. Chuck Schumer, N.Y., said in a press conference Thursday. ‘It’s going to get worse and worse and worse.’ The majority leader used the moment to push for the infrastructure deal and budget reconciliation plan making their way through Congress.

‘That’s why it’s so imperative to pass the two bills, the infrastructure bill and the budget reconciliation bill.’

‘Woe is us if we don’t recognize that these changes are due to climate change. Woe is us if we don’t do something soon,’ he said.

The first warnings about Ida came at around 7pm on Wednesday and by 10pm, NYPD officers were recovering dead bodies from basement homes. 

At a press conference on Thursday, he said officials were caught off guard by the amount of rain that fell. He had predicted between three and six inches to fall in the entire day, he said, but that much fell in just one hour in some parts of the city. 

‘We anticipated three and six inches over the course of the whole day and that turned into the biggest single rainfall in NYC history with almost no warning,’ he said.  

The National Weather Service’s office in New York issued a Flash Flood Emergency for New York City for the first time ever – warning people to seek high ground immediately. 

The ‘Emergency’ warning is the highest level of flood alert – indicating immediate and significant threats to life and property. 

‘This particular warning for NYC is the second time we’ve ever issued a Flash Flood Emergency. (It’s the first one for NYC). 

‘The first time we’ve issued a Flash Flood Emergency was for Northeast New Jersey an hour ago,’ the agency tweeted.

Across New York and New Jersey, there are now 85,000 people without power, including 25,000 in New York City. 

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla told CNN the destruction is on par with Hurricane Irene which killed 12 New Jersey residents in 2011.

She said: ‘We experienced 6.5 inches of rain in an eight-hour period. 

Cars are pilled after flooding as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida at Oakwood Plaza Apartments complex in Elizabeth, NJ., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Five people in the building died last night in floods including a 72-year-old woman, her 71-year-old husband, the couple’s 38-year-old son and a 33-year-old woman who was described as a neighbor. A fifth person was also found dead in another Oakwood Plaza apartment, however details about that person were not immediately available.

Cars are pilled after flooding as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida at Oakwood Plaza Apartments complex in Elizabeth, NJ., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Five people in the building died last night in floods including a 72-year-old woman, her 71-year-old husband, the couple’s 38-year-old son and a 33-year-old woman who was described as a neighbor. A fifth person was also found dead in another Oakwood Plaza apartment, however details about that person were not immediately available.

People look at cars abandoned on the flooded Major Deegan Expressway following a night of extremely heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City

People look at cars abandoned on the flooded Major Deegan Expressway following a night of extremely heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: A homeless man stands in the doorway of a deli during flash flooding caused by storm Ida

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: A homeless man stands in the doorway of a deli during flash flooding caused by storm Ida

Jefferson Street subway in Brooklyn floods on Wednesday night while an L train approaches with passengers on board

Jefferson Street subway in Brooklyn floods on Wednesday night while an L train approaches with passengers on board

Jefferson Street subway in Brooklyn floods on Wednesday night while an L train approaches with passengers on board

Water pours in to the 28th Street subway station on Wednesday night as the tail end of Hurricane Ida slams into New York

Water pours in to the 28th Street subway station on Wednesday night as the tail end of Hurricane Ida slams into New York 

NEW YORK CITY: Trains were seen being swamped with cascades of water in New York

NEW YORK CITY: Social media pictures showed subway stations completely flooded in New York City

NEW YORK CITY: Trains were seen being swamped with cascades of water, while subway stations were completely flooded

A surreal video of Bushwick, Brooklyn, shows cars and trucks submerged in water from Hurricane Ida on Wednesday night

A surreal video of Bushwick, Brooklyn, shows cars and trucks submerged in water from Hurricane Ida on Wednesday night

A surreal video of Bushwick, Brooklyn, shows cars and trucks submerged in water from Hurricane Ida on Wednesday night

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Members of the FDNY are pictured in waist-high water as they rescue a woman from her car

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Members of the FDNY are pictured in waist-high water as they rescue a woman from her car

Basement apartments all over New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania flooded on Wednesday when the storm hit

Basement apartments all over New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania flooded on Wednesday when the storm hit

Basement apartments all over New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania flooded on Wednesday when the storm hit

Biden says ‘extreme storms’ prove Congress needs to pass $3.5T budget to deal with global warming

Democrats all the way up to President Biden are warning the worst is yet to come after Hurricane Ida flooded the Northeast and killed at least 26, as they push for costly climate change measures. 

‘This is yet another reminder that extreme storms and the climate crisis are here,’ Biden said in an address on Hurricane Ida’s devastation. 

‘Floods are going to happen with increasing frequency,’ he continued. ‘For us, this isn’t about politics. Hurricane Ida didn’t care if you were a Democrat or Republican. This destruction is everywhere.’

Biden said that when the Senate returns to Washington he would direct them to pass the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan as part of his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda.

'This is yet another reminder that extreme storms and the climate crisis are here,' Biden said in an address on Hurricane Ida's devastation

‘This is yet another reminder that extreme storms and the climate crisis are here,’ Biden said in an address on Hurricane Ida’s devastation

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, N.Y., wrote on Twitter: ‘Experiencing all this flooding in NYC right now and thinking about all the politicians who told me that pursuing a Green New Deal to adapt our nat’l infrastructure to climate change is “unrealistic” & “too expensive.” As if doing too little is the responsible, adult thing to do?’

‘Members of both parties engage in misleading rhetoric and funny math to convince the public we are addressing climate change more than we are – & that includes parts of the current infrastructure plan,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘We need a Green New Deal now.’

‘Global warming is upon us not a coincidence,’ Sen. Chuck Schumer, N.Y., said in a press conference Thursday. ‘It’s going to get worse and worse and worse.’ The majority leader used the moment to push for the infrastructure deal and budget reconciliation plan making their way through Congress.

‘That’s why it’s so imperative to pass the two bills, the infrastructure bill and the budget reconciliation bill.’

‘Woe is us if we don’t recognize that these changes are due to climate change. Woe is us if we don’t do something soon,’ he said.

The $3.5 trillion budget plan, focused on ‘human infrastructure,’ would allocate almost $200 billion to be distributed by the Energy Committee, another $67 billion for Environment and Public Works and $135 billion for Agriculture, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions. The plan furthers President Biden’s agenda of a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday night’s storm was the ‘biggest wakeup call’ to act on climate change. 

‘A horrifying storm unlike anything we’ve ever seen before… The brutality of storms now. It is different. This is the biggest wake up call we could ever get. We’re going to do a lot things differently and quickly.’

New York’s new governor Kathy Hochul said that ‘Because of climate change, unfortunately this is something we’re going to have to deal with with great regularity.’ 

‘Those saying we weren’t prepared for the climate crisis were right. Those saying Trump’s far-right appointees would overturn Roe v. Wade were right. Those saying Afghanistan would take decades and cost trillions of dollars were right. Trust organizers,’ Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wrote on Twitter, also referring to a new Texas law banning abortion after 6 weeks and the US withdrawal out of Afghanistan. 

FURIOUS NEW YORKERS SLAM DE BLASIO FOR LATE IDA WARNING

Furious New Yorkers slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday for not giving more warning for the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Ida and only declaring a state of emergency after the bodies of seven residents – including a two-year-old boy – were found in flooded basement homes. 

New Yorkers were largely unaware of what was in store for them last night and many found themselves stuck on trains when the storm hit. The National Weather Service prediction center blasted a tweet at 2.40pm that a severe rainstorm was on the way, but nothing came from de Blasio’s office until around 7.20pm. 

11.26pm: De Blasio didn't declare a state of emergency until 11.26pm - after the bodies of at least seven people were found

11.26pm: De Blasio didn’t declare a state of emergency until 11.26pm – after the bodies of at least seven people were found 

Between then and 9pm, the warnings were for flash flood warnings, which are routine amber alerts often blasted across the city when there is heavy rain.  

It wasn’t until 8.50pm that the peak rainfall was reached, and it wasn’t until nearly 9.30pm that the National Weather Service declared a Flash Flood Emergency – the first ever in NYC. 

The City of NYC didn’t send out the alert of the Flash Flood Emergency until 10.25pm, and the subway was not suspended until 10.48pm. People who were were stuck on trains had to be rescued by bus drivers. 

The Governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania gave earlier warnings but New York Governor Kathy Hochul didn’t declare a state of emergency until after midnight, and de Blasio only declared a state of emergency at 11.26pm. 

By then, the NYPD had recovered the bodies of seven people who drowned in basement apartments across Brooklyn and Queens. They found the eighth – an 86-year-old woman – just before midnight. 

At a press briefing on Thursday morning, de Blasio admitted that he – and weather experts – underestimated how much rain would fall. 

He said he was expecting between 3 and 6 inches across the entire day, but 3.5 inches fell in a single hour last night – the highest amount ever on record. 

 

‘Unfortunately, the number of calls for service has been overwhelming — people with alarms activated, downed wires, abandoned vehicles.’

Daily rainfall in Central Park and Newark, New Jersey smashed records on Wednesday. 

In New York’s iconic park, 7.13 inches fell, breaking the record of 3.84 inches in 1927. 

Meanwhile, 8.41 inches fell in Newark, where airport operations were hampered, breaking record 1959 record of 2.22 inches.

Passaic, New Jersey, Mayor Hector Lora said the town saw up to 8 feet of water. 

‘In the area where we unfortunately experienced a loss of life — I must say our prayers and support go out to the family of this individual — that area had over six feet of water.

‘The fire department and police had to call off efforts because our fire truck literally got stuck in the road. We had ambulances stuck on the road. 

‘There were areas in our city where we saw up to eight feet of water,’ he said.

All New York City subway lines were suspended on Wednesday night and non-emergency vehicles were banned until 5am Thursday. 

The MTA is now running an extremely limited subway lines. 

The city suspended the subway and banned all non-emergency vehicles from the roads until 5am, after 3.15 inches of rain were recorded at Central Park in just one hour.  

‘These numbers are climbing. Charge your devices and if you experience an outage – call it in immediately,’ Murphy tweeted.

Having tracked up the east coast of the United States leaving a trail of devastation in her wake, Ida is now whipping towards the city of Boston. 

The storm moved east in the evening, with the National Weather Service confirming at least one tornado and social media posts showing homes blown to rubble and roofs torn from buildings in a southern New Jersey county just outside Philadelphia.

Newark Airport reported four inches of rain in a two hour period, as the baggage area of the airport flooded.  

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, said in a statement that all flights were suspended and all parking lots were closed due to severe flooding. 

Videos from the airport’s baggage room showed water spraying up like a geyser while workers stood in the flood waters.

New Jersey also suspended some of its NJ Transit train lines and buses.

‘We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,’ NYC mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

Flood waters from heavy rain associated with Ida enter Sunflower Organic Cleaners in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S., September 2, 2021

Flood waters from heavy rain associated with Ida enter Sunflower Organic Cleaners in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S., September 2, 2021

CitiField in New York City on Wednesday night was waterlogged after the storm hit

CitiField in New York City on Wednesday night was waterlogged after the storm hit

A home in Rahway, New Jersey, exploded last night after being evacuated while the storm ravaged the area with tornadoes

A home in Rahway, New Jersey, exploded last night after being evacuated while the storm ravaged the area with tornadoes

Residents in an apartment building in Woodside, Queens, wade through flood water on Wednesday night after Ida hit

Residents in an apartment building in Woodside, Queens, wade through flood water on Wednesday night after Ida hit

Residents in an apartment building in Woodside, Queens, wade through flood water on Wednesday night after Ida hit 

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: People stand inside a subway station as water runs past their feet during flash flooding caused by storm Ida

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: People stand inside a subway station as water runs past their feet during flash flooding caused by storm Ida

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: People stand at a subway entrance as they debate to wade through several inches of water caused flash flooding after remnants of storm Ida brought three inches of rain per hour across the city

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: People stand at a subway entrance as they debate to wade through several inches of water caused flash flooding after remnants of storm Ida brought three inches of rain per hour across the city

People view a flooded street in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath

People view a flooded street in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath

Highway 440 flooded in Jersey City of New Jersey, United States on September 2, 2021 as hundreds of cars stuck in water as Hurricane Ida left behind flash floods East Coast

Highway 440 flooded in Jersey City of New Jersey, United States on September 2, 2021 as hundreds of cars stuck in water as Hurricane Ida left behind flash floods East Coast

A man rides a bicycle through floodwaters as residents escape their homes after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain, flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northeast in Mamaroneck, New York, U.S

A man rides a bicycle through floodwaters as residents escape their homes after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain, flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northeast in Mamaroneck, New York, U.S

Firefighters are shown rescuing a man from floodwater, right, on Wednesday night at the Bronx Expressway

Firefighters are shown rescuing a man from floodwater, right, on Wednesday night at the Bronx Expressway

Firefighters are shown rescuing a man from floodwater, right, on Wednesday night at the Bronx Expressway 

NYPD officers on Thursday morning outside the home of a family of three who were killed in the storm last night. The family included a two-year-old boy. Their basement apartment flooded and drowned the toddler, along with a 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man

NYPD officers on Thursday morning outside the home of a family of three who were killed in the storm last night. The family included a two-year-old boy. Their basement apartment flooded and drowned the toddler, along with a 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man 

Central Park Lake flooded into Bethesda Terrace on Wednesday night. This was the view at the iconic fountain on Thursday morning

Central Park Lake flooded into Bethesda Terrace on Wednesday night. This was the view at the iconic fountain on Thursday morning 

The Bronx River Parkway overflowed its banks in Westchester and The Bronx. Shown above, White Plaints on Thursday

The Bronx River Parkway overflowed its banks in Westchester and The Bronx. Shown above, White Plaints on Thursday 

The Bronx River Parkway overflowed its banks in many areas of Westchester and The Bronx, including here in White Plains, NY on September 2nd, 2021

The Bronx River Parkway overflowed its banks in many areas of Westchester and The Bronx, including here in White Plains, NY on September 2nd, 2021

First responders pull local residents in a boat as they perform rescues of people trapped by floodwaters after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain, flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northeast in Mamaroneck, New York,

First responders pull local residents in a boat as they perform rescues of people trapped by floodwaters after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain, flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northeast in Mamaroneck, New York,

Commuters walk into a flooded 3rd Avenue / 149th St subway station and disrupted service due to extremely heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021, in New York City

Commuters walk into a flooded 3rd Avenue / 149th St subway station and disrupted service due to extremely heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021, in New York City

Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, on Thursday morning as the region woke up to catastrophic floods brought on by Ida

Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, on Thursday morning as the region woke up to catastrophic floods brought on by Ida 

Vehicles plow through water in Brooklyn on Wednesday night

Vehicles plow through water in Brooklyn on Wednesday night

Vehicles plow through water in Brooklyn on Wednesday night 

BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY: A tornado is seen at the Burlington Bristol Bridge near the state border with Pennsylvania

 BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY: A tornado is seen at the Burlington Bristol Bridge near the state border with Pennsylvania

A person walks in floodwaters in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area

A person walks in floodwaters in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area

Vehicles are under water during flooding in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

Vehicles are under water during flooding in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida 

Shown is flooding in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area

Shown is flooding in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area

‘Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services get their work done. 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.’  

The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued a travel ban around 12:50 am preventing all non-emergency vehicles from travelling on city streets and highways until 5am.

Queens Boulevard in the neighborhoods of Maspeth and Corona was described as ‘a literal river’ and shocking video shows water flooding a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus while multiple cars were stuck in the water.

‘Hero bus driver managed to get us safely through the 3-4 feet of rain coursing down the boulevard, but only seemed to be getting worse,’ tweeted Joe English, who works in the press office for UNICEF.  

‘Finally made it through to higher ground and a fellow passenger exclaims ‘oh no I missed my stop’.’

The MTA noted on its website that nearly all train lines have been suspended, except for the 7 train and the Staten Island Railway – which have been delayed.

‘Train service may be extremely limited tonight because of heavy rainfall and flooding across the region. We strongly recommend you avoid traveling at this time, if you can,’ the agency said.

The agency tweeted: ‘If you’re on a train that’s stuck, stay on that train; the safest place to be is on the train unless you hear otherwise from the conductor.’

Between 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches per hour fell on Thursday night in some parts of New York and New Jersey

Between 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches per hour fell on Thursday night in some parts of New York and New Jersey 

The National Weather Service's office in New York issued a Flash Flood Emergency for New York City for the first time ever

The National Weather Service’s office in New York issued a Flash Flood Emergency for New York City for the first time ever

Emergency crews were working to evacuate passengers from a stuck E train at 74 Street and Broadway/Roosevelt Avenue, according to the @NYCFireWire account on Twitter.

The National Weather Service shared a video of a white SUV floating through flowing water in the Big Apple while warning residents: ‘This is perfect example of what you should not do!’

‘Notice the white car towards the end that is floating. This water is too deep to drive through. Turn Around Don’t Drown!!’ the agency tweeted. 

Play was also suspended between Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson at Louis Armstrong Stadium during the U.S. Open – despite the venue have a roof – because of wind and rain. 

It’s nasty out there, Los Angeles Times sports columnist Helene Elliot tweeted.

LAMBERTVILLE, NEW JERSEY: Cars are seen nearly completely submerged as the storm hit the northeast on Wednesday night

LAMBERTVILLE, NEW JERSEY: Cars are seen nearly completely submerged as the storm hit the northeast on Wednesday night

BAYONNE CITY, NEW JERSEY: Cars sit sunken on Highway 440 after a flash flood

BAYONNE CITY, NEW JERSEY: Cars sit sunken on Highway 440 after a flash flood

BRONX, NEW YORK CITY: A street in the Bronx floods as tropical depression Ida dumps two inches of rain in the area

BRONX, NEW YORK CITY: A street in the Bronx floods as tropical depression Ida dumps two inches of rain in the area

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: A street in the Bushwick neighborhood is pictured completely flooded on Wednesday

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: A street in the Bushwick neighborhood is pictured completely flooded on Wednesday

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: A street in the Bushwick neighborhood is pictured completely flooded on Wednesday 

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: Flooding is seen in the Crown Heights neighborhood at the corner Franklin and Eastern Parkway

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: Flooding is seen in the Crown Heights neighborhood at the corner Franklin and Eastern Parkway

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: The water could be seen flowing like a river as a rain poured onto the Crown Heights neighborhood

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: The water could be seen flowing like a river as a rain poured onto the Crown Heights neighborhood

One video posted to social media purported to show a New York City street rat enjoying a swim in the floodwaters  – while another video allegedly showed a man using pool floaties during the storm.

In another video, an apparent GrubHub driver was seen trekking on a bike through flowing flood waters to make a delivery – receiving praise from people on Twitter. Photos also showed other delivery drivers around the city working despite the stor

Parts of northern Nassau County on Long Island were also under tornado warnings, as the National Weather Service advised there could also be hail from thunderstorms. 

As the storm continued into Connecticut, flash flooding could be seen on Elm Street in West Haven while several cars seem to be have trouble on the roads, WVIT reporter Matt Austin tweeted. He wrote that West Haven police had put cones to block roads but flowing flood waters could be seen taking the cones away. 

In Stamford, a video posted to Twitter shows firefighters and bystanders appearing to try to push a car against uphill against flowing water as other cars line up behind them. 

Earlier in the day, Pennsylvania was blanketed with rain after high water drove some from their homes in Maryland and Virginia. 

Thousands of people were evacuated Wednesday after water reached dangerous levels at a dam near Johnstown, a Pennsylvania town nicknamed Flood City.  

The Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company tweeted that it had rescued 41 passengers from a school bus stuck in flood waters near Pittsburgh, while 10 students were saved from another school bus in western Maryland. 

NEW YORK CITY: The National Weather Service shared a video of a white SUV floating through flowing water in the Big Apple

NEW YORK CITY: The National Weather Service shared a video of a white SUV floating through flowing water in the Big Apple

NEW YORK CITY: The National Weather Service noted that cars appeared to be floating in the shocking videos

NEW YORK CITY: The National Weather Service noted that cars appeared to be floating in the shocking videos

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: People are seen walking at Times Square as Ida brought mass flooding and damage

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: People are seen walking at Times Square as Ida brought mass flooding and damage

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: People are seen walking at Times Square as Ida brought dumped rain on the Big Apple

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: People are seen walking at Times Square as Ida brought dumped rain on the Big Apple

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: A woman sits on a chair in Times Square as heavy rain hit the city

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: A woman sits on a chair in Times Square as heavy rain hit the city

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: A food delivery driver rides on a motorized bike as he works during the storm

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: A food delivery driver rides on a motorized bike as he works during the storm

A tornado was also believed to have touched down along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Ida caused countless school and business closures in Pennsylvania. About 150 roadways maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation were closed and many smaller roadways also were impassable. 

Some areas near Johnstown, whose history includes several deadly floods, saw 5 inches or more of rain by mid-afternoon, an inundation that triggered an evacuation order for those downstream from the Wilmore dam.

Cambria County emergency management director and 911 center head Art Martynuska said the water level at the Wilmore dam reached a height that required evacuation.   

A 911 dispatcher in Mantua Township, N.J., told The Weather Channel that people were trapped in their basements and that roofs flew off of homes while there were reports of some severe injuries. 

There were also reports of multiple buildings with roofs ripped off, damaged trees and debris blocking roads in the north of Philadelphia. Homes were also damaged in Chester County.  

Nearby Hinckston Run Dam was also being monitored but appeared stable by late afternoon, he said, by which time water levels at Wilmore dam were receding.

‘If that trend continues we’ll be allowing folks to return back to their residences shortly, hopefully by this evening,’ Martynuska said.

BRIDGEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA: Water floods a street amid downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

BRIDGEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA: Water floods a street amid downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

Tornados were reported in New Jersey, leaving properties destroyed

Tornados were reported in New Jersey, leaving properties destroyed

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND Buildings were destroyed after the city was hit my strong winds

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND Buildings were destroyed after the city was hit my strong winds

Both dams were considered high-hazard dams that are likely to kill someone were they to fail.

Evacuees were taken to a nearby high school with help from the Red Cross, National Guard, local transit authority and school transportation services, he said.

The National Weather Service had predicted flooding from what remained of Hurricane Ida, saying steep terrain and even city streets were particularly vulnerable to a band of severe weather that extended from the Appalachians into Massachusetts.

Northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and eastern West Virginia were expected to see the highest impacts from the storm’s remnants – which has already caused extensive flooding in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi and billions of dollars of damage. 

Flash flooding knocked about 20 homes off their foundations and washed several trailers away in Virginia’s mountainous western corner, where about 50 people were rescued and hundreds were evacuated. News outlets reported that one person was unaccounted for in the small mountain community of Hurley.

Water had almost reached the ceilings of basement units when crews arrived at an apartment complex in Rockville, Maryland, on Wednesday. 

The Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company tweeted that it had rescued 41 passengers from a school bus stuck in flood waters near Pittsburgh 

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