Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Home » World » Emergency Declared In New York City As Ida Batters, Floods Region


Emergency Declared In New York City As Ida Batters, Floods Region

The National Weather Service recorded 3.15 inches of rain in New York’s Central Park in one hour, far surpassing the 1.94 inches that fell in one hour during Tropical Storm Henri.

new york
New York subway stations were flooded after tropical storms triggered heavy rainfall. (Image: Screengrabs from Twitter video)

The remnants of Hurricane Ida brought heavy winds, drenching rains and at least one tornado on Wednesday (September 1) as the storm battered Pennsylvania and New Jersey, collapsing the roof of a U.S. Postal Service building and threatening to overrun a dam on the way.

The National Weather Service confirmed at least one tornado and social media posts showed homes reduced to rubble in Mullica Hill, a southern New Jersey county just outside Philadelphia.

ALSO READ: India-Taliban Talks: Will Taliban take over affect Kashmir?

Other video showed water rushing through Newark Liberty International Airport as the storm moved into New York on Wednesday night.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, tweeted at 10:30 p.m. that all flights were suspended and all parking lots were closed due to severe flooding.

All train service to the airport also was suspended. The National Weather Service recorded 3.15 inches of rain in New York’s Central Park in one hour, far surpassing the 1.94 inches that fell in one hour during Tropical Storm Henri on the night of Aug.

22, which was believed at the time to be the most ever recorded in the park. The roof collapsed at the Postal Service building in Kearny, New Jersey, with people inside, police Sgt. Chris Levchak said.

Rescue crews were on scene into the night, with no immediate word on the number of people or severity of injuries.

Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties, urging people to stay off the flooded roads.

Soaking rains prompted the evacuations of thousands of people after water reached dangerous levels at a dam near Johnstown, a Pennsylvania town nicknamed Flood City. Ida caused countless school and business closures in Pennsylvania.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

About 150 roadways maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation were closed and many smaller roadways also were impassable. Several thousand customers were still without power late Wednesday night.

Some areas near Johnstown, whose history includes several deadly floods, saw 5 inches or more of rain by mid-afternoon, an inundation that triggered an evacuation order for those downstream from the Wilmore dam.

Nearby Hinckston Run Dam was also being monitored but appeared stable by late afternoon.

Both dams were considered high-hazard dams that are likely to kill someone were they to fail.

Evacuees were taken to a nearby high school with help from the Red Cross, National Guard, local transit authority and school transportation services, he said.

The 1889 Johnstown flood killed 2,200 people, a disaster blamed on poor maintenance on the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River. It sent a 36-foot wall of water roaring into a populated area at 40 mph (65 kph). High water drove some from their homes in Maryland and Virginia.

The storm killed a teenager, two people were not accounted for and a tornado was believed to have touched down along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

The National Weather Service had predicted flooding from what remained of Hurricane Ida, saying steep terrain and even city streets were particularly vulnerable to a band of severe weather that extended from the Appalachians into Massachusetts.

ALSO READ: Afghanistan Crisis: Clash Between Taliban And Northern Alliance Intensifies At Panjshir Entrance

Flash flooding knocked about 20 homes off their foundations and washed several trailers away in Virginia’s mountainous western corner, where about 50 people were rescued and hundreds were evacuated.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

News outlets reported that one person was unaccounted for in the small mountain community of Hurley.

Water had almost reached the ceilings of basement units when crews arrived at an apartment complex in Rockville, Maryland, on Wednesday.

A 19-year-old was found dead, another person was missing and about 200 people from 60 apartments near Rock Creek were displaced, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said Wednesday. “In many years I have not seen circumstances like this,” Goldstein said.

Tropical Storm Larry was strengthening and moving quickly westward after forming off the coast of Africa earlier Wednesday.

Forecasters predicted it would rapidly intensify in a manner similar to Ida, becoming a major hurricane with top wind speeds of 120 mph (193 kph) by Saturday.

Kate remained a tropical depression and was expected to weaken without threatening land.

Read Full Article



A single page of artwork from a 1984 Spider-Man comic book was sold at auction for a record USD 3.36 million. The artwork is...


Harry's private security team in the US doesn't have adequate jurisdiction abroad or access to UK intelligence information.


South superstar Vijay Sethupathi celebrates his birthday today. The actor is often referred to as ‘Makkal Selvan’ or ‘People’s Treasure’. The actor turns 44...


Olympic silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu was inducted into the Manipur Police on Saturday. The 27-year-old was awarded the job last year in honour...


Apart from political heavyweights, Congress has picked up new entrants like Malvika Sood, the sister of Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, and famous Punjabi rapper...

You May Also Like


Aafia Siddiqui, also known as "Lady al-Qaida" is a Pakistani national who was convicted in 2010 by a New York City Federal Court of...


Interview with Professor Gregory Stanton, founding president and chairman of Genocide Watch.


The fire burnt the 144 years old club which was build for military officers during the British rule in India.


Dr Pratit Samdani also said that there is a need for people to pray for her recovery.