Philadelphia Highway Flooded After Ida Moves Through

Before Ida moved into New York, the National Weather Service reported at least four tornadoes in Maryland, including one near Annapolis, and one in New Jersey.,


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A highway in Philadelphia is under water after the storm moved through.

Vehicles in Philadelphia were submerged by floodwaters on Thursday from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
Vehicles in Philadelphia were submerged by floodwaters on Thursday from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.Credit…Matt Rourke/Associated Press
  • Sept. 2, 2021Updated 8:13 a.m. ET

Before torrential rainfall and flooding triggered a state of emergency in New York City, the tenacious remnants of Hurricane Ida traveled through the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, spawning several tornadoes in Maryland and overtopping a dam in central Pennsylvania.

Tornadoes in Maryland and New Jersey

Tornadoes were reported in Maryland and New Jersey between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Source: National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (data as of 11:55 p.m. Wednesday)

As the stormy weather moved northeast, it prompted a string of tornado warnings and watches across parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The National Weather Service in Baltimore warned that high winds could cause damage to houses and mobile homes, and asked residents in the southeastern part of the state to take cover.

By Thursday morning, the extent of the damage across the Philadelphia area was revealed. A portion of the Vine Street Expressway, a major highway running through the center of the city, was submerged. The Schuylkill had flooded, covering nearby roadways, rendering them impassable and some cars across the city appeared to be nearly completely under water. The widespread flooding had caused delays and cancellations in the city’s public transit system.

The Weather Service reported that at least four tornadoes touched down in Maryland on Thursday night and one near Mullica Hill, N.J.

Mitchelle Stephenson, a spokeswoman for Annapolis, said a tornado that landed near the city had left about 2,500 residents without power, and that the city had received reports of fallen trees. The fire and police departments had closed streets to assess the damage, according to Ms. Stephenson, who said no injuries had been reported.

Video on social media showed strong, fast winds and roadways obstructed by downed utility poles, signs and trees.


The remnants of Hurricane Ida spawned a tornado that touched down in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday afternoon.Credit…Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Forecasters were concerned about flooded rivers, and Wilmore Dam in central Pennsylvania was “overtopping” at one point with approximately three feet of rainwater, said John Banghoss, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in State College, Pa. About 42,000 residents were ordered to move to higher ground.

A flash flood emergency was issued for northeastern Chester County, northwestern Delaware County, and Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Weather Service said it had received reports of rainfall totals of 4.5 to 7 inches.

The storm was moving into New England, which was previously hit by Henri and Elsa this summer. Henri, which made landfall in southwestern Rhode Island on Aug. 22 as a tropical storm, sent lashing bands of rain across much of New England.

By Thursday morning, between three to five inches of rainfall flooded roads across Massachusetts. Tornado watches were in effect until 7 a.m. in Nantucket, Provincetown and other parts of Massachusetts.

“It’s going to drop heavy rain before it leaves,” Dan Thompson, a meteorologist with the Weather Service, said.

Reporting was contributed by Isabella Grullon Paz, Jesus Jimenez, Michael Levenson, Eduardo Medina, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Ashley Wong and Tiffany May.

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