NY flash floods ‘kill 10’ as state of emergency declared, & subways overwhelmed


10 people, including a two-year-old boy, have been killed as Biblical downpours and tornadoes hit northeastern USA first ever flood emergency is declared in New York City.

The toddler died after getting trapped in a basement apartment with relatives, a 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man, in Woodside, Queens.

Powerful remnants of Hurricane Ida saw New York City’s first ever flood emergency declared as motorists were left stranded and people trapped in basements and overwhelmed subways.

A 66-year-old Brooklyn man was discovered dead in the basement of his Cypress Hills apartment last night, while woman in her 40s was also found dead at about 1am in her apartment on Grand Central Parkway.

A 22-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were both found dead in the basement of their home on 183rd Street near 90th Avenue in Queens.

Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Katie Hochul of New York City declared a state of emergency for the metropolitan area as well as New Jersey after flood warnings were put in place for the first time ever.

Read our New York Flash Floods live blog for the latest updates…

  • JERSEY FLOODS

    Drivers in New Jersey can be seen driving through over a foot of water.

  • 1 IN 500 EVENT

    This rare flooding is a one in 500 event, while flooding systems are often preapred for one in 100 events.

  • BROOKLYN FLOODS

    Water is rushing into apartments in Brooklyn.

  • MAKING THE MOST OF THE STORM

    One NYC man is making the most of the storm floating on the rain water on a raft.

  • WAIT FOR IT

    Cars are in completely stopped traffic as more cars are completely submerged just below.

  • CARS TRAPPED

    Just north of NYC, cars can be seen in extremely high waters.

  • THE LATEST ON STORM IDA

    • Shocking footage shows a tornado ripping through New Jersey bridge
    • More than 1million homes have been left without power by Ida carnage
    • Seven children left hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning amid Ida chaos
    • More than 60 million people throughout northeast hit by flash flood watches
  • LIST OF MAJOR STORMS AND HURRICANES SINCE 2000

    Some of the major storms and hurricanes since 2000 include:

    Of this list, Hurricane Katrina of 2005 caused the most fatalities and damage with 1,833 total deaths and over $10 billion in total damages.

    Tropical storms such as Amanda and Cristobal in 2020 caused $956,000 of property damage in Florida alone.

  • WHAT IS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION?

    A tropical depression is categorised as one of the four stages of a tropical cyclone.

    It forms when a thunderstorm grows higher and larger causing the air at the top to become unstable.

    As the heat energy is released from the cooling water vapor, the air at the top of the clouds becomes warmer, making the air pressure higher and causing winds to move outward away from the high pressure area.

    Winds in the storm cloud then created start to spin faster and faster, whipping around in a circular motion.

    When the winds reach between 25 and 38 mph, the storm is considered a tropical depression.

  • WORK ETHIC

    A tweet showing a Grubhub delivery driver still soldiering on through the flooding in Brooklyn to bring somone there dinner has gone viral.

    The unidentified driver is see wading with his bicycle through knee deep water as the city’s streets are turned to a river.

    Some have praised the man’s dedication but others have condemned the company, and the customer, for forcing him out in the storm in the first place.

    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “Please do not be the person who orders delivery during a flash flood that the NWS has deemed a dangerous and life-threatening situation. It puts vulnerable people at risk.

    “If it’s too dangerous for you, it’s too dangerous for them. Raid your cabinets or ask a neighbor for help.”

  • NEW YORK CONGRESSWOMAN ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ LINKS FLOODING TO CLIMATE CHANGE

    New York City congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tweeted she had been scheduled to visit Minnesota to meet campaigners fighting against the construction of an oil pipeline.

    She implied in a tweet that she was unable to go due to the weather but it was not confirmed.

    AOC, as she is dubbed on social media, has been a keen proponent of the Green New Deal – a proposal to rebuild the U.S. economy for a carbon-free future and create new jobs in the process based on the same premise as FDR’s New Deal programme to help the U.S. recover from the Great Depression.

     

  • WHAT HAS THE ACTING NEW YORK GOVERNOR SAID?

    New York governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency as the remnants of the storm caused massive flooding in the country’s financial and cultural capital, leaving the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens badly hit.

  • LARRY BECOMES A HURRICANE OVER THE TROPICS AS IT HEADS WESTWARD

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Storm Larry to a hurricane overnight.

    It has yet to make landfall but could drift north west towards the east coast of the U.S. later this week.

  • FOOTAGE CAPTURES RAINWATER POURING ONTO SUBWAY PLATFORM

    CBS correspondent David Begnaud has captured the extraordinary moment when rainwater gushed through the ceiling of the New York subway

  • WHAT IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY?

    The National Weather Service issued its first-ever flash flood emergency warning for parts of New York City.

    The weather service tweeted a flash flood emergency warning was in place for parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens until 11:30 p.m.

    The notice posted advised residents to avoid walking or driving through the rising waters and to urgently move to higher ground.

  • WHERE IN THE U.S. IS BEING HIT BY FLOODING?

    Parts of the East Coast have been hit hard.

    This includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

    Ida slammed into the southern state of Louisiana over the weekend, bringing severe flooding and tornadoes that left a trail of destruction north.

    New York governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency as the remnants of the storm caused massive flooding in the country’s financial and cultural capital, leaving the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens badly hit.

    Read more here

  • NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR HAS REPORTED POWER OUTAGES ACROSS THE STATE OVERNIGHT

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has reported that over 81,000 buildings in the state are without power and warned the number would rise.

    Yesterday he declared a state of emergency and said he was liasing with all NJ mayors on to response to the crisis.

  • WHAT HAPPENED DURING HURRICANE SANDY?

    Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, was one of the most destructive and deadly storms to hit the U.S. in recent memory.

    It killed an estimated 233 people across eight countries from the Caribbean to Canada and caused $65m in damage in the U.S. alone.

    It struck in October 2012 and ever since New Yorkers in particular have been preparing for a repeat.

  • METEOROLOGIST SHOWS JUST HOW EXTREME RAINFALL HAS BEEN THIS SUMMER

  • NEWARK AIRPORT RESUMES SOME FLIGHTS

  • SUBWAYS OVERWHELMED

    Buildings at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, were flooded with 15,000 power outages in New York and more than 81,000 in New Jersey.

    One Twitter video showed deluge gushing onto a subway station platform, another showed a train ploughing through huge waterfalls pouring from the platform ceiling and roofs were shown torn from buildings in southern New Jersey.

  • MULTIPLE DEATHS

    Emergency crews were rescuing dozens of stranded motorists and people trapped in a basement were being rescued by divers after a building collapse in Queens.

    A 66-year-old Brooklyn man was discovered dead in the basement of his Cypress Hills apartment at around half midnight on Thursday, the New York post reported.

    A woman in her 40s was also found dead at about 1am in her apartment on Grand Central Parkway.

    A 22-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were both found dead in the basement of their home on 183rd Street near 90th Avenue in Queens.

  • NEED HELP

    Acting New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency after midnight “to help New Yorkers affected by tonight’s storm,” she announced on Twitter.

    Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey also experienced flooding and reported all flight activity to be suspended at around 10.30pm.





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