(ETH) – At least eighteen people were killed overnight across New York City, including a 2-year-old boy and his parents who drowned in a basement apartment in Queens, as the tail-end of Hurricane Ida ravaged the five boroughs.

According to the NYP, A state of emergency was in effect in the city early Thursday after the historic downpour knocked out power and flooded streets, homes, and subways — prompting the first-ever flash flood warning for the Big Apple.


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The National Weather Service also issued a tornado warning for parts of the Bronx late Wednesday. Among the dead was a family — a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman, and a 2-year-old boy — who was found dead inside their home on 64th Street in Flushing, Queens.

ABC7NY reported: “To be clear… this particular warning for NYC is the second time we’ve ever issued a Flash Flood Emergency (It’s the first one for NYC). The first time we’ve issued a Flash Flood Emergency was for Northeast New Jersey an hour ago, the weather service, based in Upton, said in a tweet.

A Flash Flood Emergency advises people to move immediately to higher ground, and avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. It is the highest level of flood alert, above warning and watch.

A Flash Flood Emergency is “issued for the EXCEEDINGLY RARE situations when extremely heavy rain is leading to a severe threat to human life and CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE from a flash flood is happening or will happen soon. Typically, emergency official are reporting LIFE-THREATENING water rises resulting in water rescues/evacuations,” according to the National Weather Service.

Ricky Scaparo is the pastor and founder of the international ministry End Time Headlines. A ministry that provides resources to equip believers and to inform the discerning of the signs and seasons in which we live. His mission is to inform his readers and viewers of prophetic events and how they are unfolding before our very eyes through news and headlines presented from a prophetic perspective in light of the Holy Bible.