There has never been as much rainfall in such a short time as was recorded in New York on Wednesday night. The remains of Tropical Storm Ida dumped so much water on the city, cars were washed away and subway stations flooded.

The mayor of New York, Bill DeBlasio, declared a state of emergency in the city. At least eight deaths are being blamed on the storm. Watch late-night coverage from WCBS-TV above.

Prior to the torrential rain in the city, tornadoes swept through New Jersey.   The governor declared a state of emergency there as well.

NBC News writes:

  • Central Park saw more than 3 inches of rain in one hour, the most it has ever recorded in an hour.

CBS News adds:

“The torrential downpours prompted the National Weather Service’s New York office to issue it first-ever Flash Flood Emergency for parts of the city — Manhattan, Brooklyn and the borough of Queens. That followed the first such emergency the office ever declared, for New Jersey. The weather service also issued one for parts of Connecticut as the front end of the system moved into New England, pointing to 6 to 10 inches of rainfall “falling over a several hour period.””

This is a developing story and will be updated.