As the Northeast area was hit by torrential rain from the leftovers of Hurricane Ida, New York issued a state of emergency early Thursday morning, prompting severe flooding and tales of multiple water rescues.
According to a Notify NYC emergency notice, a travel ban has been imposed in New York City until 5 a.m. The notice stated that all non-emergency cars must keep off the road.
Due to the floods, almost all of the city's subway lines were shut down. Only the "7" line and the Staten Island Railway were operating with delays, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority's website.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "We're facing a historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, severe flooding, and hazardous conditions on our highways."
"We're in for a difficult few hours until we get the rain out of here," de Blasio said on CNN station WCBS. "I've never seen so much rain fall so rapidly in my life. It's just incredible… In an hour, we're talking about three to four inches. It's an incredible accumulation."
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, told CNN that the rain was "much more than anyone actually predicted" and that the region was in "a really serious position."
"We can take all the measures ahead of time, and we did deploy our assets to be on the ground in expectation," Hochul told CNN's Don Lemon. "But mother nature will do whatever she wants, and she is extremely furious tonight."
People should remain off the roadways, according to the National Weather Service in New York. "There are far too many stories of stalled motorists and water rescues. Avoid driving across flooded roads. You have no idea how deep the water is, and it is quite dangerous "According to the weather service.
The New York Fire Department stated Thursday morning that rescuers have begun rescuing people from flooded streets and subways around the city. There have been no reports of serious or life-threatening injuries.
Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey has also issued a state of emergency, advising citizens to "keep off the roads, stay at home, and stay safe."
According to Mayor Hector Lora of Passaic, New Jersey, people were being rescued from submerged automobiles. "We've reached a point where we can't even send out emergency responders in some sections of the city due to possible risk," Lora said in a Facebook video.
Newark, the state's largest city, was affected by the most recent flash flood. Rainfall predictions for central and eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey varied from 4 to 8 inches, with some isolated places receiving up to 10 inches. 3 to 4 inches of snow fell in certain areas.