Other videos showed vehicles flooding to their windows on major streets in and around the city, with rubbish floating through the streets.
“We are witnessing a historic weather event tonight with record rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our streets,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio when he declared a state of emergency in New York City late Wednesday.
Governor Kathy Hochul also declared a state of emergency for New York State.
Firefighters rescued a man in New York City from a car stuck in deep water. A video from New York television station WABC-TV showed firefighters carrying a man out of his vehicle onto the dry ground. The man’s SUV was one of several vehicles stuck in the water on the Bronx River Parkway.
The New York National Weather Service’s office announced its first flash flood emergency in the area on Wednesday evening, a level of alert reserved for “extremely rare situations where there is serious danger to life and catastrophic damage from a flash flood.” happens or will happen soon. “
New York City put a travel ban on all non-emergency vehicles through 5 a.m. ET Thursday, and a travel warning went into effect once it expired. All non-emergency vehicles were advised to avoid streets and highways.
The National Weather Service recorded 8.91 centimeters of rain in New York’s Central Park in one hour on Wednesday night, exceeding the 4.92 centimeters that fell in an hour during Tropical Storm Henri on the night of August 21 far. which at the time was considered to be the most recorded in the park.
Early Wednesday, the storm blew through the mid-Atlantic states with at least two tornadoes, violent winds and pouring rain, collapsing the roof of a US Post Office building in New Jersey and threatening to run over a dam in Pennsylvania.
Social media posts revealed homes being reduced to rubble in a southern New Jersey borough just outside Philadelphia, not far from where the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado on Wednesday night. The authorities had no immediate information about the injured.
The roof of the Postal Service building in Kearny, New Jersey collapsed with people, Police Sgt. Chris Levchak said. Rescue workers were on site until late at night without giving any direct information about the number of people or the severity of the injuries.
Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in all 21 counties of New Jersey and urged people to avoid the flooded streets. Meteorologists warned the rivers are unlikely to ripple for a few more days, increasing the possibility of more widespread flooding.
At least one death has been reported in the state as floods streaked the city’s streets and trapped motorists. Passaic mayor Hector Lora said a 70-year-old man had been swept away. “His family was saved, they were all in the same car. Unfortunately, the water overtook the car and the firefighters who were pulled under the vehicle couldn’t get it out, ”Lora told WCBS-TV. The mayor said there was an unconfirmed report of another death in the city.
All Amtrak services between Philadelphia and Boston with an initial departure before 9 a.m. ET on Thursday have been canceled. More than 61,000 New Jersey homes and businesses were without power by 6 a.m.
Among the other deaths reported in New York City, a 48-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man died after being found in separate homes, and a 43-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man died after being found in a house became. Causes of death and identifications were pending.
Soaked rains led to the evacuation of thousands of people after water reached dangerous levels at a dam near Johnstown, a Pennsylvania town nicknamed the Flood City. An official said later Wednesday that water levels near the dam had decreased.
Utility companies reported hundreds of thousands of customers without power in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In Rockville, Maryland, the water had nearly reached the ceilings of the basement rooms on Wednesday when crews arrived at an apartment complex. A 19-year-old was found dead, another person went missing and about 200 people were evicted from 60 homes near Rock Creek, Montgomery County Fire Department chief Scott Goldstein said Wednesday.
A tornado is said to have landed on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
“In many years I haven’t seen such circumstances,” said Goldstein.
The National Weather Service had predicted flooding from the remains of Hurricane Ida and said steep terrain and even city streets were particularly vulnerable to a band of storms that stretched as far as Massachusetts, where tornado warnings were issued early Thursday.
Tropical storm Henri hit the region a little over a week ago, causing flooding and leaving the region saturated and more vulnerable to that week’s currents.
Tropical Storm Larry intensified and moved quickly west after forming off the coast of Africa on Wednesday. Forecasters predicted that, similar to Ida, it would intensify rapidly and turn into a major hurricane with peak winds of 193 km / h by Saturday.