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Toddler among at least 14 dead as Ida batters New York, New Jersey with record rain and floods

At least fourteen people were killed and New York City was under a rare flash flood emergency after a wind-driven deluge.

Posted: Sep 2, 2021 8:34 AM

NEW YORK, NY - At least 14 people were killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ida battered New York and New Jersey with tornadoes, record rain and flooding that left the area deluged and under states of emergency on Thursday.

Videos on social media showed cars submerged on highways and water pouring into subway stations and homes after a wind-driven downpour shattered rainfall records and prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency for New York City.

Four women, three men and a 2-year-old boy died in five separate flooding incidents in the city, police said. In Passaic, New Jersey, firefighters recovered a body from a vehicle that went underwater when it was caught in floodwaters near the Passaic River, the town's mayor said.

In Elizabeth, New Jersey, five residents at the Oakwood Plaza Apartments complex died, a spokesperson for Mayor Christian Bollwage confirmed to NBC News Thursday. It was unclear where they were or how they died.

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