Floodwater Hits Subway As New York Area Swamped by Massive Rains

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The remnants of Hurricane Ida ripped through New York, New Jersey and across the Northeast early on Thursday morning, triggering tornadoes, thunderstorms, and torrential rain that inundated streets and paralyzed transport services.

Video of the flooding posted on social media showed major thoroughways, airport terminals, baseball stadiums and subway stations turned into wading pools. The New York Times reported at least eight flooding-related deaths, seven in New York City and one in Passaic, N.J. Tornadoes hit Maryland and New Jersey, and Mayor Bill de Blasio declared an emergency for New York City, while Governor Kathy Hochul did the same for the state.

“We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,” de Blasio said in a tweet.

In Manhattan’s Central Park, 3.15 inches (8 centimeters) of rain fell in an hour and as much as 5.2 inches was recorded by 11 p.m., said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center. Emergency flash flood warnings were posted from Delaware to Massachusetts. The New York Post reported four people had died in Queens and Brooklyn after getting trapped in their basements.

The deluge came less than two weeks after Tropical Storm Henri dumped a record amount of rain on New York City, and is the latest in a string of extreme weather events recorded around the world this year as climate change takes hold. Massive wildfires raging in California have blackened huge swaths of the state, western Canada and Siberia, sending smoke over the North Pole for the first time on record.

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