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Ida Aftermath Floods New York City: Updates

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Ida Aftermath Floods New York City: Updates

The empty Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York is under water during the US Open.
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The remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the New York metropolitan area on Wednesday evening, causing severe flooding in parts of the city and causing major travel disruptions. Below are updates from the storm that was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.

On August 22, the Tropical Depression Henri fell 1.94 inches over Central Park between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., breaking the record for the most rain in an hour in New York City. Ida beat that record just 11 days later, dropping three inches of rain between 8:51 PM and 9:51 PM on Wednesday night. The heavy downpour caused flooding across the city as well as the first flash flood emergency ever issued in New York City:

Flood in 28th St Station NYC !!! And everyone makes videos !!!! # OnlyInNYC pic.twitter.com/eV2QlALEno

– Aleksander Milch (@AleksanderMilch) September 2, 2021

That’s right now in Bushwick pic.twitter.com/QJwxhWnfZw

– Lauren Gill (@laurenk_gill) September 2, 2021

Our infrastructure is not prepared for climate change, edition Park Slope (Please also do not drive in flood edition) pic.twitter.com/xYLyiRSCpq

– Brian Kahn (@blkahn) September 2, 2021

Cars float in Rego Park Queens! #NYWX pic.twitter.com/7qgwuEjro0

– Andi Yagudayev (@StormchaserNYC) September 2, 2021

A little rain tonight in New York City… @ Gothamist @nytimes @NYDailyNews pic.twitter.com/JaC9XA6XC7

– Alex Etling (@AlexEtling) September 2, 2021

The weather service reports precipitation totals of up to 4.5 to 7 inches in some areas and more rain is expected. Earlier that night, weather services issued a tornado warning in some areas of the Bronx after radar detected a tornado had formed.

With floods disrupting bus routes and making some subway stations inaccessible, MTA Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer advised New Yorkers not to take the train Wednesday night:

At this time there are only very limited train connections. Do not take the subway. Will post more info on @NYCTSubway

– Sarah Meyer (@SarahMeyerNYC) September 2, 2021

This is the 145th st on 1 line. This is not a low-lying area. One of the highest peaks in Manhattan.

Literally nowhere is immune to climate change.pic.twitter.com/FfBjJDHW2h

– Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) September 2, 2021

Shortly after 10 p.m., Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency:

BREAKING: I declare an IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY in response to Tropical Storm Ida.

We will use every resource available to us to keep New Jersey residents safe.

Stay off the streets, stay home, and stay safe.

– Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) September 2, 2021

In Newark, parts of Liberty Airport were flooded after 3.24 inches of rain was recorded between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Many areas of New Jersey have reported flooding including Elizabeth, Jersey City, Passaic, North Plainfield, Short Hills.

Meanwhile, Newark Airport in New Jersey is flooded pic.twitter.com/cBsm6VY6Hi

– Michael Pegram (@MichaelPNews) September 2, 2021

BREAKING: Just flooded in Short Hills, New Jersey. This is downtown! 😱

Governor Murphy declares a state of emergency over tropical storm #Ida. #njwx pic.twitter.com/0EWWfqHRpZ

– Tena Ezzeddine (@TenaNYCLA) September 2, 2021

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