Live updates: At least 45 dead in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast as Hurricane Ida’s remnants trigger historic flooding

People make their way in rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 1, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York City.
People make their way in rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in the Bronx borough of New York City. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
  • The remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday.
  • At least 45 people have been killed, with some people trapped in their basements by floodwater.
  • New York and New Jersey declared states of emergency. Officials warned people to stay home.
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The death toll has risen to at least 45, according to the Associated Press.
United States Geological Survey workers push a boat as they look for residents on a street flooded as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida in Somerville, NJ., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.
United States Geological Survey workers push a boat as they look for residents on a street flooded as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida in Somerville, NJ., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
The death toll in the Northeastern region of the US has risen to at least 45, as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed at least 23 deaths in only the state of New Jersey due to Tropical Storm Ida, according to the AP. 

There are also 12 reported deaths in New York City, three in Westchester County, five in Pennsylvania, one in Maryland, one in Connecticut, the AP reports.

An Insider reporter captured photos showing the extreme flooding in Philidelphia, Pennslyvania
Insider’s Charles Davis, senior reporter, captured images of parts of Philadelphia that were overrun by stormwater and flooding.

Davis reports that the flooding on the major highway is at least 10 feet (3.05m) high in Philadelphia.

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Video footage captured the flooding in New York and New Jersey
New York City historic flooding
New York City historic flooding Reuters


Death toll rises to 26 as Ida remnants continue to shock much of the Northeast
Flooded cars in queens new york from ida
Abandoned cars are left on a flooded highway, as local media reported the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida bringing drenching rain and the threat of flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northern mid-Atlantic, in the Queens borough of New York City, on September 2, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Hurricane Ida left the Northeast grappling with record-level flooding and rain. The storm left 26 people dead from Maryland to New York, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

At least 12 people died in New York City, the report said.

The storm brought over 9 inches (23cm) of rain in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Watch delivery drivers wade through waist-high flooded streets during Storm Ida
Delivery driver on bicycle navigates ida floodwaters in nyc
A man pushes a bicycle on a flooded street following Tropical Storm Ida in Brooklyn, New York, on September 1, 2021. in this still image obtained from social media video. Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes /via REUTERS
Videos of delivery drivers braving flooded city streets surfaced on social media on Wednesday night as New York and New Jersey suffered record-breaking flooding from Hurricane Ida. 

While residents were warned to seek shelter and avoid the hazardous weather conditions, several delivery drivers appear to have received different directions.

A video of a delivery man, believed by social-media users to be from Grubhub, riding through the streets of Brooklyn went viral on Twitter.

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Newark first responders rescue nearly 500 people from floodwaters
Newark first responders have rescued 485 people who were trapped by rising floodwaters as storms from Ida devastated the area, city officials said.

“Last night’s thunderstorms were historic and proved extremely challenging for the City of Newark,” Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka said. “I am grateful that no injuries have been reported and we are committed to providing assistance to our residents who are in need at this time.”

Firefighters helped rescue 215 passengers who got stuck on a New Jersey Transit train that lost power near Newark Airport at 2:50 a.m., officials said.

Newark’s Department of Public safety said roughly 24,000 residents lost power at the height of the storm. As of Thursday afternoon, about 2,100 households are still without power.

Shocking photos are coming in showing the flooding and damage across the Northeast
Submerged cars in ida's floodwaters in brooklyn
Floodwater surrounds vehicles following heavy rain on an expressway in Brooklyn, New York, early on September 2, 2021, as flash flooding and record-breaking rainfall brought by the remnants of Storm Ida swept through the area. ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about the damage Thursday morning

After remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled through New York on Wednesday night, Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke on the devastating flooding in the state.

“I don’t want this to happen again,” she said on Thursday. “This is the first time we have a flash flood of this proportion in the city of New York.”

She spoke of the record-breaking flood levels seen across New York City, specifically in Central Park.

“We need to foresee [these events] in advance and be prepared,” she said.

As for the city’s subway system, “we can’t guarantee it will be up and running by tomorrow,” she said.

Rescuers are plucking people off roofs near Philadelphia as the Schuylkill River hits record flood levels
Two people are rescued off a roof in a town north of Philadelphia.
Two people are rescued from a roof in a town north of Philadelphia as the Schuylkill River floods. NBC10 Philadelphia
Rescuers were seen in a video plucking people off a roof in a town just north of Philadelphia on Thursday after the Schuylkill River flooded, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage across the Northeast.

A rescue boat arrived at a house surrounded by feet of murky water and saved two people from off the roof, footage from NBC10 Philadelphia showed.

Flooding levels for the Schuylkill River broke records, according to the National Weather Service, with water reaching a height of 26.85 feet (8.18m) at its peak.

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Five people were killed in floodwaters at a New Jersey apartment complex, brining the initial death toll to 14
Flooding in Passaic, New Jersey.
Flooding in Passaic, NJ as a result of storms from Hurricane Ida’s remnants. Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images
Five people were found dead in a flooded Elizabeth, New Jersey, apartment complex on Thursday, city officials told Insider.

The residents died as a result of flooding in the aftermath of storms caused by Hurricane Ida’s remnants on Wednesday night, public information officer Kelly Martins said.

Oakwood Plaza is located across the street from the Elizabeth Fire Department, which was hit with eight feet of flooding from the storms, Martins added.

She believed the apartment complex saw similar levels of flooding.

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Dozens of flights in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were canceled as of Thursday morning
According to, 190 flights leaving Newark and 182 flights bound for Newark were canceled as of Thursday morning. The most impacted airline was United Airlines, which had 224 canceled flights, according to FlightAware. 

The airport grounded flights on Wednesday, but had resumed limited flights Thursday morning, according to News 12 The Bronx.

Footage posted to social media showed flooding in the terminals.


At least nine people have died in New York City and New Jersey, the Associated Press reported just before 8 a.m. The youngest was a 2-year-old boy.
A New York City police spokesperson told the AP that a total of eight people died when they became trapped in flooded basements.

The toddler who died was found with two other family members, a 5o-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, inside their flooded home in the Woodside area of Queens, according to PIX11.

A 70-year-old man was also killed in Passaic, New Jersey, when floodwaters washed his vehicle away, authorities said.

The NYC subway system was largely suspended due to heavy rainfall as of 5 a.m. local time
The Metropolitan Transit Authority told New Yorkers to “avoid all unnecessary travel at this time,” according to the update. 

The update came after social media videos showed water pouring into subway stations, turning staircases into waterfalls, water showering down from the ceiling, and flooding hallways.

Video shows homes ripped apart in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, after a tornado

At least nine homes in Mullica Hill, in Harrison Township, New Jersey, sustained damage in the tornado, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia.

One resident told the outlet that he watched as his neighbor’s home was torn apart.

“I heard the rumble and I seen stuff flying and I told my wife and kids to get in the basement,” he said. “And I looked out the window and I seen their house going. First thing I did was run over to their house to make sure they were alright.”

Harrison Township Mayor Louis Manzo told the Courier-Post late Wednesday that there had been no fatalities. Two people were in the hospital with injuries, the Courier-Post reported, according to a Gloucester County statement.

A 70-year-old man in Passaic, New Jersey, died after his vehicle was swept away in floodwaters
“His family was rescued, they were all in the same car. Unfortunately, the car was overtaken by the waters, and the firefighters who were being dragged down under the vehicle were unable to get him out,” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora told CBS New York.
Four people were killed in NYC when they were trapped in their basements amid the flooding, the New York Post reported
The victims included three people at two different addresses in Queens — ranging in age from 22 to 45 — and a 66-year-old man in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, law-enforcement sources told the Post

The NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit responded to each of the three addresses when family and friends couldn’t reach their loved ones, according to the Post. 

The victims were found unconscious and declared dead after being taken to the hospital, the Post reported.

Reports coming out of New Jersey said at least 7 people were injured after a roof caved in at a US Postal facility in Kearny

A video of the scene showed emergency vehicles swarming the area. 

The US Postal Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Footage coming out of New Jersey showed a tornado barreling its way through the suburbs

Videos captured rushing water quickly filling homes in New York City

New York implemented a travel ban for all non-emergency vehicles, meanwhile video captured water gushing into the subway
New York City officials implemented a travel ban on all roads and highways for all non-emergency vehicles until 5 a.m. on Thursday.

But videos shared on Twitter showed subway stations flooded with rushing water.

A video showed cars submerged after a whole block in Brooklyn flooded
Cars were seen floating in floodwater that filled a street in Queens

Stunning video shows passengers standing on seats as NYC bus filled with knee-high water

Officials declare state of emergency in New York and New Jersey
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency in New York City late Wednesday night as heavy rains pummeled the city with flash flooding.

“We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,” he said in a tweet. “If you’re thinking of going outside, don’t. Stay off the subways. Stay off the roads. Don’t drive into these heavy waters.”

He also said that 5,300 homes had lost power.

Gov. Kathy Hochul also declared a state of emergency, advising people to “please stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also declared a state of emergency due to widespread flooding and storm damage throughout the state.

Trenton, New Jersey, has also designated a wide swath of the city an evacuation zone and has urged citizens to leave and find shelter elsewhere by 8am Thursday.

Hurricane Ida remnants brought rare tornadoes to Maryland and New Jersey, and flash floods to New York
The remnants of Hurricane Ida brought heavy rains, flash flooding, severe thunderstorm warnings, and tornadoes to the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast on Wednesday.

Multiple tornadoes touched down in Maryland and New Jersey, causing damage to buildings, trees, and wires. Tornado warnings were also issued for parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

At least four people — three in Queens, and one in Brooklyn — were killed after floodwaters blanketed large swathes of the city, rushing into apartments, trapping people in basements, and causing structural collapses.

The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm and flash floods warnings for New York, saying it was the first time it had ever done so for New York City.

Photos and video shared online showed people wading through knee-deep water and cars on the street submerged.

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