Photos: Deadly flash floods overwhelm Northeast

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Flash floods overwhelmed parts of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Wednesday night, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped historic rainfall across the region.

Philadelphia streets with half-submerged cars on Thursday, after the tail end of Hurricane Ida hit.
Philadelphia streets are flooded on Thursday after the tail end of Hurricane Ida hit. (Matt Rourke/AP)

At least 26 deaths were reported as of Thursday morning in the three states. At least eight people died in flooded New York City basements, city officials said, with another death in a vehicle accident. The city of Elizabeth, N.J., reported five people dead in an apartment complex. And officials in Pennsylvania reported three fatalities in suburban Montgomery County. 

Comcast utility workers survey the damage from a tornado on West Street in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday.
Comcast utility workers survey the damage from a tornado in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In New York City, transportation ground to a halt. Cars on city streets faced floodwaters up to their windshields. Subway cars were trapped in tunnels and taking on water as passengers were forced to evacuate.

Hundreds of thousands of people lost power across the Northeast region, especially in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Northern New Jersey faced severe flooding, as tornadoes hit the southern part of the state. A tornado reportedly destroyed at least nine homes in Mullica Hill, N.J., south of Philadelphia. Southeastern Pennsylvania was similarly inundated, with Philadelphia's Center City neighborhood facing severe flood conditions as the Schuylkill River overflowed.

Floodwaters lead into a garage in Passaic City, N.J., on Thursday.
Floodwaters lead into a garage in Passaic City, N.J., on Thursday. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts also faced significant flooding.

Extreme weather events are becoming more common due to human-caused climate change. Warmer air can hold more moisture, leading to wetter storms and increasingly intense flash floods. Hurricane Ida already caused multiple deaths when it slammed into Louisiana and Mississippi, and the storm's remnants also drenched the Middle Tennessee region, which had seen over 20 deaths last month in earlier flash floods.

A resident waist-deep in floodwaters in Philadelphia on Thursday, passing submerged cars.
A resident braves floodwaters in Philadelphia on Thursday. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The threat of additional hurricanes looms for the East Coast this year. Larry became a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday morning as it drives west across the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and it is forecast to strengthen even more on Friday. It’s still too early to determine where, or if, it will hit the U.S. mainland.

More photos from the storm:

Flooding rose halfway to a street sign in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia on Thursday.
The Manayunk section of Philadelphia on Thursday. (Matt Rourke/AP)
A man in Hoboken, N.J., falls off his bike into a flooded street on Thursday.
A man in Hoboken, N.J., falls off his bike into a flooded street on Thursday. (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
A home with broken rafters in Harrison Township, N.J., was damaged by a possible tornado on Wednesday.
A home in Harrison Township, N.J., was damaged by a possible tornado on Wednesday. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
A sinkhole formed in the Berkshire Square Shopping Center parking lot in Wyomissing, Penn., on Wednesday afternoon.
A sinkhole formed in the Berkshire Square Shopping Center parking lot in Wyomissing, Pa., on Wednesday afternoon. (Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Commuters walk into the flooded Third Avenue/149th St. subway station in New York, N.Y., where service was disrupted.
The flooded Third Avenue/149th Street subway station in New York City, where service was disrupted. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
Flooding reaches close to a 7-foot clearance sign in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia on Thursday.
Flooding reaches close to a 7-foot clearance sign in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia on Thursday. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Highway 440 in Jersey City, N.J., under water on Thursday, with hundreds of cars stuck in the water.
Highway 440 in Jersey City, N.J., under water on Thursday, with hundreds of cars stuck in the water. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A person on foot braves the rain Wednesday in the Bronx borough of New York City.
A person on foot braves the rain Wednesday in the Bronx borough of New York City. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
First responders in Mamaroneck, N.Y., pull residents in a boat as they rescue people trapped by floodwaters on Thursday.
First responders in Mamaroneck, N.Y., pull residents in a boat through floodwaters on Thursday. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
A downed telephone pole on West Street in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday.
A downed telephone pole in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A resident in Narragansett, R.I., wades through a flooded street on Thursday.
A resident in Narragansett, R.I., wades through a flooded street on Thursday. (David Goldman/AP)
Waves slam the shore in Scituate, Mass., near high tide on Thursday.
Waves slam the shore in Scituate, Mass., near high tide on Thursday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
A car sits in a flooded garage in Hoboken, N.J., on Thursday.
A car in a flooded garage in Hoboken, N.J., on Thursday. (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

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