Leftovers from Hurricane Ida slammed into the Northeast overnight, triggering tornado watches across parts of southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and sending New York City into a state of emergency as subway stations roared with the sound of rushing water from flooding that halted transit service.
Heavy rain continued to fall across Massachusetts early Thursday, causing street flooding in some areas as most of the state remained under a flash flood warning until late in the morning.
Flooding was reported across the state, including in parts of Boston near Storrow Drive, where a car was reportedly stuck as of around 5 a.m., according to local news outlets.
The remnants of Hurricane #Ida caused some serious street flooding in #Falmouth while a hurricane warning was active in the area overnight. Much of #Massachusetts remains under a flash flood warning until later this morning. #MAwx https://t.co/Udc09gss6J pic.twitter.com/CU7eNKw3Ob— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) September 2, 2021
Pictures and video, (thread) of the remnants of a Post-Tropical Cyclone Ida battering the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts on the ocean region outside my summer home, overnight. Absolutely flooded and glad we put those storm walls in around the property. pic.twitter.com/DRk5Jz3ueG— 𝐂𝐉 💫 (@CardiacDrop) September 2, 2021
In Rhode Island, at least one road washed out in Portsmouth due to the severe weather, and one part of the town received up to 8 inches of rain.
In New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, more than two dozen people were killed in the storm. Eight people were trapped in a flooded basement in New York City, and five people were found dead in an Elizabeth, N.J., apartment complex.
The National Weather Service in New York on Wednesday night issued its first-ever set of flash flood emergencies in the state, warning of conditions that pose a “severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a flash flood.”
The storm also prompted tornadoes in the region that ripped apart homes in Mullica Hill, N.J. Photos showed tattered homes as a result of a tornado that destroyed the structures, exposing the interior of the homes and leaving only wood slats left standing. Pieces of wood and debris were scattered around the neighborhood.
In New York City, striking videos of water cascading into subway stations illustrated the extent of the flooding from the storm. Scenes from around the rest of the state show significant flooding, with vehicles almost completely submerged underwater in some areas. In New Jersey, flooding inundated the Newark airport as the city experienced its wettest day in recorded history, according to reports.
As a state of emergency is declared in New York City and New Jersey, this guy is another level of chill!#Ida #Hurricane #ViralVideo #Manhattan #Flash Flood Emergency #flood #Bronx #Brooklyn #nycwx #NJwx #TORNADOEMERGENCY #climate pic.twitter.com/4HvtUPKQrn— pragiya (@ucatchpragiya) September 2, 2021