At least 8 reported dead in record rains, state of emergency declared
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued its first ever flash flood emergency warning for the city of New York, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought heavy rain that flooded subway lines and streets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey.
The storm killed seven people in New York City and one in Passaic, New Jersey, according to the New York Times.
According to the Associated Press, New York’s FDR Drive, a major artery on the east side of Manhattan, and the Bronx River Parkway were underwater by late Wednesday evening. Subway stations and tracks became so flooded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all service.
Central Park rainfall record smashed
Precisely 3.15 inches (8.91 centimeters) of rain in New York’s Central Park in one hour on Wednesday night, the National Weather Service confirmed.
It far surpasses the 1.94 inches (4.92 centimeters) that fell in one hour during Tropical Storm Henri on the night of August 21, which was believed at the time to be the most ever recorded in the park.
- Remnants of Hurricane Ida brought dangerous floods, record rains and tornadoes to New York and New Jersey.
- The death toll in the area stands at 8 and includes a 2-year-old boy.
- Both New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency because of severe weather.
- Morning Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Boston was suspended.
- Rainfall from Ida impacted play at the U.S. Open.