Historic flooding cripples Northeast, at least nine dead


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Portions of the U.S. Northeast were inundated with historic flooding as the remnants of Ida tore through the area on Wednesday.


At least nine people are dead and multiple others remain missing.


Streets became flooded in several cities in the region.


The flooding rain forced Newark International Airport to shut down. The New York City Subway was also forced to shut down when torrents of water gushed in from above.


New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency.


In neighbouring New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for the entire state.


The National Weather Service says there were at least five tornadoes in the mid-Atlantic and northeast yesterday. Significant damage was reported in the Mullica Hill, New Jersey area from a tornado. Several homes were damaged and trees were down on Cedar Road.


There are about 220,000 power outages reported, mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


The National Weather Service recorded 89 mm of rain in New York's Central Park in one hour last night.


The threat is not over yet, even as the rain pulls out of the region, rivers likely won't crest for a couple more days.