The governors of New York and New Jersey declared d a state of emergency on Thursday as the remnants of Storm Ida caused massive flooding in New York City and across the northeastern United States.
“I am declaring a state of emergency to help New Yorkers affected by tonight’s storm,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted.
Storm Ida slammed into the southern United States as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, caused tornadoes and flooding as it steamed north.
This emergency was declared hours after the weather department had issued a ‘flash flood emergency for New York City. It was the first time that such a warning was issued for the city.
Nearly all New York City subway lines were suspended as water stormed inside the tunnels. According to local media reports, Central Park saw more than 3 inches of rain in one hour. Flight operations were also disrupted in the city.
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.
Many people also took to social media to share photos and videos of the rainwater gushing over inside subway platforms and flooded streets.