After “brutal record-breaking rain,” the mayor of New York City proclaims a state of emergency.
A catastrophic flash flood has slammed New York, causing widespread devastation.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of the huge event, as the city’s infrastructure comes to a standstill. “I’m declaring a state of emergency in New York City tonight,” the Mayor tweeted.
Tonight, I am announcing a state of emergency in New York City.
We’re in the midst of a historic weather event tonight, with record-breaking rainfall around the city, devastating floods, and hazardous driving conditions.
“We’re in the midst of a historic weather event tonight, with record-breaking rainfall across the city, devastating floods, and hazardous driving conditions.”
The mayor urged residents to stay inside to avoid flooding.
“Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services to finish their work,” he warned.
“Don’t go outside if you’re thinking about it. Avoid taking the subway. Stay away from the highways. “Do not drive through these treacherous waters.”
About 5,300 customers were also without electricity, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Dr. Lucky Tran, a public health expert, provided disturbing photos of water falling like a waterfall into the NYC subway.
“New York City’s infrastructure is utterly unprepared for climate change,” he tweeted.
The Brooklyn Queens Expy (Interstate 278) was entirely flooded, according to one Twitter user.
“THE BQE IS A F**KING LAKE,” they tweeted.
Another user provided video from one of the city’s major airports, showing the entire bottom floor inundated.
“Terminal B of Newark, one of the major airports serving NYC/NJ, resembles a massive swimming pool,” they claimed.
Another video has gone viral, showing the interior of a moving bus being fully flooded.
Other films have surfaced showing ground-floor apartments in Brooklyn, New York City, being inundated.
Due to severe flooding, all subway services in New York City have been halted.
New Jersey has also declared a state of emergency, with at least one death recorded.
A person drowned, according to the mayor of Passaic, New Jersey, which was also hit by a storm that destroyed at least nine homes.
New York’s Central Park received 8cm of rain in less than an hour, according to the National Weather Service.