WATCH: Tornadoes tear through New Jersey as NYC issues first-ever flash flood EMERGENCY amid Hurricane Ida fallout
Several tornadoes touched down in New Jersey, wreaking destruction through communities as the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the East Coast, also triggering New York City’s first ever flash flood emergency amid a massive downpour.
Twisters were spotted in multiple locations across New Jersey on Wednesday evening, with dramatic videos circulating on social media showing massive funnel clouds touching down.
Extensive damage to homes was also seen in other videos making the rounds, as well as flooded streets in Hoboken.
Footage shows devastating damage in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, after a tornado moved through the area. Remnants of Hurricane Ida are wreaking havoc across the Northeast. https://t.co/5nwItZ23l1pic.twitter.com/GjbYJlsCxU— ABC News (@ABC) September 2, 2021
In the Big Apple, meanwhile, the city’s National Weather Service (NWS) issued its first-ever flash flood emergency, while the main NWS branch warned of an “extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation.”
To be clear... this particular warning for NYC is the second time we've ever issued a Flash Flood Emergency (It's the first one for NYC). The first time we've issued a Flash Flood Emergency was for Northeast New Jersey a an hour ago. https://t.co/7k55jeXbpb— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) September 2, 2021
New York’s streets, and even some apartments and backyards, were seen drenched by the torrential rains, virtually shutting down some roadways.
This is incredible. New York City is under a flash flood *emergency* as rainfall comes down at 3 to 5 inches per hour. Video by Marianne Doherty. @NWSNewYorkNY is using words like “catastrophic” to convey impacts. @MyRadarWX Subways will flood, streets to rivers. Be safe #NYCpic.twitter.com/s8UdX7bdUY— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) September 2, 2021
BROOKLYN: Many basement apartments across Boro Park, Williamsburg completely flooded. Rain expected to stop soon, cars seen floating on streets across town. pic.twitter.com/uI8Ro5FCFM— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) September 2, 2021
The city’s subways also saw major flooding, with some terminals verging on becoming canals as water gushed in.
Later on Wednesday night, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a city-wide state of emergency over the “historic weather event” and “brutal flooding.” He was soon followed by Governor Kathy Hochul, who announced an emergency declaration for the state during an interview with local media, citing “catastrophic levels of water.”
New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy did much the same, imposing a state of emergency “effective immediately” in response to the nasty weather.
This is perfect example of what you should not do! Notice the white car towards the end that is floating. This water is too deep to drive through. Turn Around Don't Drown!! https://t.co/qR8ufBr7kW— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) September 2, 2021
The freak weather comes as the remnants of tropical storm Ida – which made landfall as a category 4 hurricane – makes its way through the East Coast. While Ida was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday, it has nonetheless brought severe weather to cities in its path, having devastated swaths of Louisiana and Mississippi after first reaching land.Also on rt.com New Orleans police & National Guard deploy ‘anti-looting teams’ after hurricane leaves over 1 million without power in Louisiana
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