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The National Weather Service issued two historic flash flood emergencies Wednesday night as heavy rains from remnants of Ida slammed the tri-state area; they were the first two the agency’s New York operation have ever issued.

Tri-state area pummeled with threat of tornadoes, flash floods, severe thunderstorms

A flash flood emergency is issued in exceedingly rare situations when extremely heavy rain creates a severe threat to human life, and catastrophic damage from a flash flood is currently happening or will happen soon.

Two flash flood emergencies were issued for our region Wednesday night: one in northeast New Jersey was the first ever, and another for New York City became the second just an hour later.

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