Torrential rain brought by remnants of Hurricane Ida caused severe flooding across parts of Newark on Wednesday night and into Thursday, rendering streets impassable and prompting Newark Liberty International Airport to temporarily suspend flights.
At least one video circulating on Twitter showed people in Newark attempting to cross a street using a canoe. Another showed cars nearly submerged on a roadway in the pouring rain. In a brief clip from inside the airport, rising waters were spotted where passengers would normally be hurrying to and from their flights. There was also another video of a baggage area that was severely flooded while at least two workers remained on top of machinery. Conditions were just as bad in nearby Jersey City.
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At Newark Liberty International Airport, 3.24 inches of rain was recorded between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., the National Weather Service said, and that more than eight inches of rain in total had fallen in Newark on Wednesday. A flood warning was in effect for the area through about 7 a.m. Thursday, the Weather Service said.
For several hours the airport had closed its parking lots and for at least an hour all flights were halted. But officials quickly resumed limited flight operations, urging customers to check with their carrier for flight statuses.
Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency late Wednesday night and asked residents to “stay off the roads, stay home, and stay safe.” More than 70,000 customers in New Jersey were without power by early Thursday morning, according to reports compiled by PowerOutage.us.
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