New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said that the "unprecedented" rainfall from the remnants of Ida caused New York City to become "paralyzed," and she encouraged residents to stay home and check on loved ones.
"This has been absolutely stunning on a scale, people were just caught off guard and so shocked. The residents who thought they would safely be able to go down to their basements or take the trains that all of a sudden just, this absolutely unprecedented storm event changed everything. And New York City literally has been paralyzed," Hochul said to CNN.
New York declared a state of emergency early Thursday morning and a travel ban was implemented in New York City until 5 a.m. ET, according to an emergency alert sent by Notify NYC.
Central Park saw nearly 7 inches of rain on Wednesday, with the first-ever flash flood emergency issued for the city.
New York City and state workers are restoring power and transit lines.
"There’s going to be a massive cleanup. But I will continue to urge people to stay home. Check on your neighbors. Give everybody a call. Make sure they're OK, because people are just stunned by what happened last night," Hochul said.
Hochul declared a state of emergency last night. She will be surveying the damage from the storm today, she said.
Hochul became the state's first female governor on Aug. 24 after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid multiple scandals.