U.S. – Heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ida lead to severe floods in New York

U.S. - Heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ida lead to severe floods in New York

U.S. – Heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ida lead to severe floods in New York

New Yorkers were inundated by heavy rain and flash flooding early Thursday as Storm Ida wreaked havoc on the northeast United States, forcing flight cancellations and state of emergency declarations. Ida slammed into the southern state of Louisiana over the weekend, bringing severe flooding and tornadoes as it blazed 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.

Nearly all New York City subway lines were suspended as water stormed inside the tunnels. According to local media reports, Central Park saw more than 3 inches of rain in one hour. Flight operations were also disrupted in the city.

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.

Three days after the Category 4 hurricane came ashore, more than a million homes and businesses remained without electricity in Louisiana. Authorities urged evacuees who flednot to return home just yet.