The remnants of Hurricane Ida ripped through New York City late Wednesday into early Thursday, dumping rain, as winds lashed the city and flood waters submerged it, leaving eight dead so far and the region in a state of emergency. More than three inches of rain pounded Central Park in an hour, a record amount, prompting the National Weather Service to issue the city’s first-ever flash flood emergency.*
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to stay inside, issuing a travel ban overnight, as the city grappled with “enduring a historic weather event.” The threat of tornados spun off from Ida caused tornado warnings across the city, including the Bronx, and into neighboring New Jersey, which was also under a state of emergency Wednesday night.
Here are scenes overnight from New York City:
Correction, Sept. 2, 2021: This post originally misstated that the National Weather Service issued its first-ever flash flood warning for New York City; it was the city’s first flash flood emergency.