New York Governor Cathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency as the remnants of Storm Ida caused massive flooding in New York City and the northeastern United States.
“I am declaring a state of emergency to help New Yorkers hit by the storm tonight,” Hochul tweeted Thursday after Ida.
Nearly all New York City subway lines were suspended Wednesday night after the National Weather Service posted at least five flash flood emergencies that stretched from West Philadelphia to northern New Jersey.
That night, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also declared a state of emergency in response to Ida.
Damage from Storm Ida stunned officials on Wednesday, three days after a powerful storm hit southern Louisiana, as reconnaissance flights uncovered entire communities devastated by winds and flooding.
Tornadoes lashed parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, photos showed on social media. At least nine homes were destroyed in Mulica Hill, New Jersey, Philadelphia television station NBC 10 reported.
Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey announced on Twitter that there was “severe flooding”. It said it resumed “restricted flight operations” around midnight on Wednesday evening after all flight activities ceased.
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New York City has also seen flooding, with images on social media showing water pouring from subway platforms and trains.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority said subway service was “extremely limited” due to the flooding.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appealed to people not to go out.
“Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services do their jobs. If you’re planning on going out, don’t. Stay away from metro. Stay off the road. Do not ride in these heavy waters. Stay inside,” he said on Twitter.
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