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First-ever flash flood emergency warning issued for parts of New York City

A car is stranded in the flooding after Hurricane Ida
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The National Weather Service issued its first-ever flash flood emergency warning for parts of New York City on Wednesday.

The weather service posted on Twitter on Wednesday night that a flash flood emergency warning was in place for parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens until 11:30 p.m. as heavy rain pounded the northeast.

NBC New York reported that flood and tornado warnings and heavy rainfall are the last of what’s left of Ida, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana earlier this week and has since been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.

The notice posted advised residents to avoid walking or driving through the rising waters and to move to higher ground immediately.

The weather service said it was the second time it had issued such a warning, with the first being for northeast New Jersey just one hour prior.

“To be clear… this particular warning for NYC is the second time we’ve ever issued a Flash Flood Emergency (It’s the first one for NYC). The first time we’ve issued a Flash Flood Emergency was for Northeast New Jersey a an hour ago,” the weather service tweeted.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Queens and Brooklyn, with possible winds of up to 60 mph and hail. Meanwhile, a tornado warning was issued for several parts the Bronx, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon.

“Central Park, NY has just observed 3.15 inches of rain in one hour,” the weather service reported.

The mayor of Passaic, N.J., just outside of New York City, Hector Lora, announced that he was declaring a state of emergency on Facebook on Wednesday evening and urged those considering leaving their homes to stay inside. 

“Presently, it is getting too dangerous to travel out on the roads. The winds, the water – we’re going presently downtown. Our police are attempting to respond to every single area. However … I want you to understand that you should not be going out right now. You should not be going out,” Lora said during a Facebook video

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