A travel ban has been issued in New York City after remnants of Hurricane Ida battered the region last night, causing historic levels of heavy rain that left streets and subways flooding.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency overnight via Twitter, urging locals to “please stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio also issued a state of emergency for NYC, stating that a travel ban will be in effect for non-emergency vehicles until 5 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 2).
“We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,” Mayor de Blasio tweeted.
Reports say last night’s rainfall in New York City was so intense that some roads resembled rivers and subway stations were flooded.
New Jersey also declared an emergency, reporting at least one death, and the Brooklyn Bridge flooded also. Local media on Thursday later reported that at least nine people in the New York City region have died as a result of the flash flooding.
“This is the first time in my entire life … to see the [Brooklyn Bridge] flooded and cars are stranded,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told CBS2.
The city’s subway system was mostly closed and several train services and flights out of New York and New Jersey were suspended.
According to the National Weather Service, 3.15 inches (8 cm) of rain fell in New York's Central Park within one hour.
Hurricane Ida has been barrelling northwards across the eastern U.S. On Sunday (Aug. 29), the storm slammed into Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power.