East Coast Sees Historic Rainfall from Ida Remnants

The death toll in the area stands at 22, including a 2-year-old boy.

The remnant of Hurricane Ida produced historic rain over New York City, parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New England. The National Weather Service confirmed at least one tornado struck a southern New Jersey community just outside Philadelphia. At least 16 tornado warnings were issued for the area on Wednesday.

The first-ever flash flood emergency warning was issued Wednesday for parts of New York City, as rain pounded parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The National Weather Service reported between 6 and 10 inches of rain fell over several hours and New York’s Central Park received 7.13 inches, exceeding its previous record set in 1927. Newark’s 8.41 inches of rain surpassed its record from 1959.

New York and New Jersey have issued flash flood warnings, and outlying counties also fear flooding as creeks and rivers continue to rise.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul told reporters that officials were still assessing the damage and “uncovering the true depth of the loss.” At least 22 people have lost their lives due to the storm.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials at the National Weather Service as they issue alerts and warnings of severe weather.
  • For first responders in the areas dealing with flooding and the aftermath of the tornados.
  • For the families of those who have lost their lives as a result of this storm.

Sources: New York Times, ABC News, NBC News


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