The remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded many New York City streets Wednesday night, and left at least eight people dead in New York City and at least five more in the region including New Jersey – a toll that likely will increase today as official tallies continue through a dry and sunny morning after.
Record levels of rainfall soaked the Northeast Wednesday night, with more than 7 inches of rain falling in Central Park between 4 a.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Subway platforms and commuter rail lines flooded and closed, Amtrak canceled Thursday morning service in the region, and flights were grounded in New York and New Jersey airports.
Rainfall in Central Park broke a record set only days before: On Wednesday night, 3.15 inches of rain fell in one hour, exceeding the 1.94 inch-record set just days before during Tropical Storm Henri. The Public Theater canceled last night’s performance of Shakespeare in the Park’s Merry Wives an hour before the 8 p.m. start time: “We normally do not cancel a performance prior to 8PM, but the safety of our artists, staff, and audience is our priority,” the Public tweeted at 7:05 p.m.
Although New York police had confirmed only eight weather-related deaths as of Thursday morning, at least six more deaths are being attributed to Ida throughout the area, including New Jersey. Though names of the dead have not been released, the victims include a two-year-old boy, a 48-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man all found in a home in Queens.
The New York Times reports that a ninth victim was trapped in a car on a flooded street in Passaic, N.J. The mayor of Passaic told MSNBC this morning that at least two other people in his city are feared to have been swept away in the flooded streets.