See the damage of Ida’s first hours in all tri-states – NBC New York
The remains of Ida struck all three states on Wednesday evening with fatal results, producing historic amounts of precipitation that left millions of people under a flash flood emergency and triggering multiple tornado warnings throughout the night, including for New York City.
Most of New York City is subject to a flash flood emergency until 3 a.m. – the National Weather Service urging the 9.1 million people at risk to seek higher ground. The city’s mayor has declared a state of emergency, as has the governor of New Jersey.
The flooding was rapid and widespread; damage within hours. The streets of the tri-state were filled with inches, some over a foot, with floodwater.
In Queens, a popular road experienced flood levels that filled a number of city buses. A New Yorker documented his trip with a few other runners who were taken to higher ground by their bus driver.
The entire city metro system has closed. Straphangers up and down the MTA saw floodwaters hurtle down the train’s stairs and carriages as Ida’s additional infrastructure crippled.
In a rare move and a sign of Ida’s dangerous power, MTA officials ordered the suspension of every train line well before midnight as safety concerns grew. On CNN, Governor Kathy Hochul said she “cannot guarantee” that the system will be fully operational by Thursday morning.
Ida’s fury hit Newark Liberty Airport particularly hard. Water appeared to fill the floors of at least one of the airport’s terminals, eventually causing the entire airport to close at 10:30 p.m.