Amtrak suspends service between Boston and DC over weather

Amtrak suspends service between Boston and DC over weather
© Greg Nash

Amtrak announced on Thursday that service between Boston and Washington, D.C. had been suspended.

“Due to severe weather with significant rainfall along the Northeast Corridor, all Amtrak service between Washington, D.C. and Boston on Thursday, September 2 is canceled,” Amtrak said in a notice.

The railroad service said that it is working to resume service quickly and that inspections were underway by crews to see what repairs were needed on its infrastructure. They added that cancellation and change fees would be waived for trips that were impacted by the announcement.

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The notice comes as the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the northeast on Wednesday night, leaving at least 22 people dead from Maryland to New York.

Both New Jersey and New York City declared states of emergency as footage of serious flooding in New York Subway stations and on the busy streets circulated online.

 

The National Weather Service issued its first-ever flash flood emergency warning on Wednesday. A tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning were also issued overnight by the weather service. 

“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,” Passaic, N.J., Mayor Hector Lora said during a Facebook video on Wednesday night after declaring his own state of emergency.