- 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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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.
Davis reports that the flooding on the major highway is at least 10 feet (3.05m) high in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
“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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
But videos shared on Twitter showed subway stations flooded with rushing water.
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“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.
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.