Hurricane Ida brings Heavy rain in US; New York governor declares state of emergency

It has been a couple of days since the emergence of hurricane Ida. The hurricane caused heavy rains that led to severe flooding in the New York metropolitan area. A state of emergency was declared in New York after flash floods inundated roads of the city. “I am declaring a state of emergency to help New Yorkers affected by tonight’s storm,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted.

At least eight people have died and Storm Ida affected the northeast United States, forcing flight cancellations. Hurricane Ida was listed as the second-largest storm after Katrina.

In New York City, a travel ban was implemented until 5 a.m., according to an emergency alert sent by Notify NYC. All non-emergency vehicles must stay off the road, the alert said.

Almost all the city subway lines were suspended due to the flooding. The Metropolitan Transit Authority website said that only the “7” line and the Staten Island Railway were operating with delays.

Rescuers have been removing people from flooded roadways and subways across New York City, the New York Fire Department said Thursday morning.

At least five flash-flood emergencies were issued Wednesday evening by the National Weather Service, stretching from just west of Philadelphia through northern New Jersey.