Kathy Hochul indicated that people were caught off guard and declared a state of emergency. The New Jersey president described the experience as "a hellish night." There is at least nine dead from the rains and floods.
The governors of New York and New Jersey, where nine people were killed in recent hours by heavy flooding, described the horror left by Storm Ida in its wake and urged people to stay home while rescue efforts continue and help.
"This has been impressive on a scale; people were caught off guard. This unprecedented storm event changed everything for residents who thought they could safely go down to their basements or take the trains suddenly. And New York City has been paralyzed," New York Governor Kathy Hochul told CNN.
In the Big Apple, which was declared an emergency, practically all the subway lines were suspended when it was flooded by natural floods and waterfalls that fell both from the stairs of the stations and the roofs of the tunnels. The seven deceased were registered in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.
"There is going to be a massive cleanup. But I'm going to keep urging people to stay home. Check how your neighbors are. Call everyone. Make sure they are okay because people are stunned by what happened last night.
Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the governor said that much more rain fell than expected in a few hours, which has left the region in a "terrible situation."
For his part, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called the experience" a hellish night" and said the state is not out of the woods yet when it comes to Ida's remains. The two reported deaths so far lost their lives in Passaic County.
Murphy told ABC that the tornadoes have hit the ground, as his reporters have said, with severe flooding, unfortunately, casualties. We just ask people to stay away from the roads, stay at home if they can now because we have a lot of trees, lots of roads to clear from stuck cars.
There is a lot of damage right now in New Jersey, and we are going to be there for the people. It will be a long road to recovery, but we will be there with them, "added Murphy, who highlighted that his state is one of the most affected by climate change. "Our recovery capacity, I would say that not only as a state but as a country, we have to increase it ... we have to increase it."
The storm is part of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which has now turned into a hurricane, since it entered the states of Mississippi and Louisiana, causing severe flooding and at least six deaths.
Ida is expected to continue north on Thursday toward New England.
The Storm caused a surreal scene in Flushing Meadows, where rain swept through an indoor tennis court and disrupted a US Open second-round match between South African Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. The water entered through the four corners of the enclosure's roof, which was placed in 2018 specifically to allow the games to be played despite the rain.
President Joe Biden will travel to Louisiana on Friday, where Hurricane Ida destroyed several buildings on Sunday and cut off power to more than a million homes.
Hurricanes are a recurring phenomenon in South America. Still, warming the ocean surface is making storms more powerful, scientists warn. As a result, they pose an increasing risk, especially for coastal communities affected by rising sea levels.