Residents stranded as flooding sweeps through apartments in New York – VIDEO
Residents in New York have been trapped in their homes as terrifying footage of flood water tearing through apartments has gone viral.
On Wednesday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed a state of emergency in New York City, citing a “historic weather event” that included record-breaking rain across the city, resulting in flooding and unsafe driving conditions. As a result of the leftovers of Tropical Storm Ida bringing soaking rain and the possibility of flash floods and tornadoes to sections of the northern mid-Atlantic, nearly all New York City subway lines were suspended late Wednesday, CNN reported. Due to the weather, all non-emergency cars were prohibited from driving on New York City streets until 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued at least five flash flood warnings on Wednesday evening, spanning from just west of Philadelphia to northern New Jersey.
In reaction to Ida, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a state of emergency earlier that night.
Officials were startled three days after Hurricane Ida hit southern Louisiana, as reconnaissance planes revealed entire communities ravaged by wind and flooding.
Images on social media showed tornadoes created by the storm ripping through sections of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At least nine homes were damaged in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, according to NBC10 in Philadelphia.
������#BREAKING Flood waves sweep through apartments in New York City in this shocking footage.
#Manhattan I #NewYork
As millions of people prepare for the deadly rains in New Jersey and New York City, reports of catastrophic flash flooding have emerged. pic. twitter.com/0Y2170sgKo
Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey tweeted that it was facing “serious flooding.” After suspending all flight activity late Wednesday, it claimed it restarted “limited flying operations” close to midnight.
New York City was also flooded, with photographs on social media showing water pouring over subway platforms and trains.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority announced that due to the floods, subway service was “very limited.”
Janno Lieber, interim chair and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), said in a statement that first responders evacuated passengers from the subway system.
People were instructed not to go outside, according to the mayor.
“Please keep off the streets tonight to allow our first responders and emergency personnel to complete their duties.
“Don’t go outside if you’re thinking about it. “Brinkwire Summary News”: “Stay off the Brinkwire.”