Flash flooding from storm Ida in New York and New Jersey kills nine – BBC News

At least nine people have died after flash flooding and tornadoes hit the north-eastern US, local media report.

Some people were trapped in flooded basements of their homes, while one body was found in a vehicle that was swept away.

The governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a “historic weather event”.

At least 3in (8cm) of rain fell in just one hour in New York’s Central Park.

Almost all New York City subway lines have been closed, and non-emergency vehicles banned from roads. Many flights and trains out of New York and New Jersey have been suspended.

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