“We’re enduring a historic weather event tonight with record-breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding, and dangerous conditions on our roads,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency in New York City for the first time, urging New Yorkers to find higher ground.
New York City subways were shut, and the Long Island Railroad suspended service while the Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a “ground stop” at all three New York City – area airports.
The New York Police Department reported that seven people had died in New York City.
Earlier in the night, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also declared a state of emergency.
The widespread rains, flooding, and reported tornadoes were the remnants of Hurricane Ida that ravaged the northeast United States on Wednesday.
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