Unprecedented flash flooding has hit New York City, New York State and New Jersey in scenes that are reminiscent of a Hollywood disaster movie.

One person has died the freak weather hit New Jersey, with people ordered to remain inside, writes The Washington Post.

The historical weather phenomena prompted the New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a state of emergency in response, while the mayor of Passaic, New Jersey did the same but sadly also confirmed at least one person had drowned

New York State Governor Hochul also announced a state of emergency for the wider region and requested the public stay off roads and avoid unnecessary travel, reports NBC News.

A "flash flood emergency" was issued in the New York for the first time ever as the effects of Hurricane Ida continue to impact the US on Wednesday.

A tornado also ripped through several homes in Mullica Hill, New Jersey as Ida caused untold damage in the entire east coast region, reports NBC Philadelphia.

In a tweet on Wednesday New York City mayor Bill de Blasio wrote: "We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record-breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding, and dangerous conditions on our roads."

According to NBC, Central Park saw more than three inches of rain in one hour with shocking footage of streets flooded and desperate members of the public trying to wade through.

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The New York City Fire Department responded to multiple emergencies across the city and was forced to use high-axle vehicles bought after Superstorm Sandy.

Both the subway network and the New York City airports La Guardia and JFK were affected by the floods with limited services and cancellations announced.

Emergency services were at pains to tell people not to drive through the floods in their vehicles even if they were powerful due to the risk of death.

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Incredibly tornado warnings were issued throughout the night for part of the Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester County, as well as Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris and Somerset counties in New Jersey.

The tornado in Mullica Hill, New Jersey destroyed at least nine homes with one resident telling NBC Philidelphia that he watched his home being torn apart while with his wife and children.

“I heard the rumble and I seen stuff flying and I told my wife and kids to get in the basement,” he said.

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“And I looked out the window and I seen their house going. First thing I did was run over to their house to make sure they were alright.”

Water levels at the Wilmore dam reached a height that required evacuation according to Cambria County emergency management director Art Martynuska.

Nearby Hinckston Run Dam was also being monitored but appeared stable by late afternoon by which time water levels at Wilmore dam were receding.

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