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New York declares emergency as Ida storm rises

Fri 03 Sep 2021    
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency early Thursday after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared one due to what he called “a historic weather event … with record-breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads” as remnants of Hurricane Ida raced up the East Coast.

Lora ordered the evacuation of residents in downtown Passaic due to concern about the rising level of the Passaic River and a high tide at around 5 a.m. De Blasio said approximately 5,300 customers were without power.

The band of severe weather also caused the FAA to issue a “ground stop” at all three New York City-area airports. New York City subways were shut and the Long Island Railroad suspended service.

The Hochul and de Blasio declarations came on the heels of the first flash flood emergency for parts of the city that the National Weather Service New York office ever issued. It included Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the borough of Queens.

The flash flood emergency for the city was itself only the second that the NWS New York office ever declared. The first came an hour earlier, for northern New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency late Wednesday.


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