The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped flooding rain, spawned tornadoes across the Northeast and caused dozens of deaths.At least 12 died in the New York City. In the Northeast, at least 24 deaths have been attributed to the storm. Flood emergency was declared for the first time in New York City. “Earlier tonight I declared a State of Emergency in New York State within the counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester in response to major flooding due to Tropical Depression Ida,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. Streets became rivers. People were trapped in the subways .More than 100 needed to be rescued. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said 8 of the 9 deaths took place in residential homes in basements. The complex across from the Elizabeth Fire Department headquarters was inundated with 8 feet of water. Police responded to many flooding incidents.
The inundating rainfall Wednesday evening broke records. Central Park reported a record of 3.15 inches of rain in one hour from 8:51 p.m. to 9:51 p.m. Every subway line in the city was suspended. The U.S. Open, taking place in Queens, New York, had to pause one tennis match as the court was flooded. Dozens residents received temporary shelter in City Hall. There was also a “confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” located near Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, at about 6:30 p.m. and another “confirmed large and destructive tornado” over Beverly, near Trenton, at 7 p.m. President Joe Biden spoke on Ida’s damage in the Northeast Thursday afternoon, citing that New York recorded more rain Wednesday “than it usually sees the entire month of September.”