A New Jersey home has exploded shortly being evacuated due to flash flooding caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida.
The property, located in Rahway, 26 miles southwest of New York City, was inundated by rain late on Wednesday night.
The family living at the home were forced to flee by 1am Thursday morning, before the home allegedly exploded shortly before 6am.
Investigators are working to determine how flooding caused the building to blow up, but there were no fatalities.
A man driving past the home at the time it exploded suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The explosion was so severe that it caused damage to neighboring properties.
Dramatic aerial photos taken by ABC7 after daylight show the residence reduced to a pile of rubble. Clean-up crews are currently on the scene working to clear debris.
A New Jersey home has exploded shortly being evacuated due to severe flooding brought on by Hurricane Ida
The home is pictured prior to its explosion, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning after its occupants were evacuated
Dramatic aerial photos taken by ABC7 after daylight show the residence reduced to a pile of rubble
Clean-up crews are currently on the scene working to clear debris
A man driving past the home at the time it exploded suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. The damage is seen in daylight on Thursday
The explosion was so severe that it caused damage to neighboring properties (pictured)
Other homes across New Jersey have also been destroyed by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which battered the Garden State on Wednesday night.
In Mullica Hill, almost 100 miles south of Rahway, several homes were hit by a tornado which formed due to Ida’s catastrophic conditions.
Gov. Phil Murphy visited Mullica Hill on Thursday morning, saying that Jersey had witnessed an ‘extraordinary, sadly tragic, historic 24 hours’.
In the Garden State, ten people died after the tail-end of Ida crept up on the tri-state area Wednesday night. Five were swept away in cars that became submerged in the water and five died in an apartment complex in Elizabeth.
Other homes across New Jersey have also been destroyed by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which battered the Garden State on Wednesday night
One home was completely flattened by a tornado which formed due to remnants of Hurricane Ida
In Mullica Hill, almost 100 miles south of Rahway, several homes were hit by a tornado which formed due to Ida’s catastrophic conditions
Multiple homes are destroyed after a Tornado hit Mullica Hill, New Jersey, yesterday. September 02 2021
Mullica Hill residents are seen consoling on Thursday morning after the Hurricane caused extensive damage to their homes
IDA CLAIMS 26 LIVES AFTER CREEPING UP ON NORTHEAST
New York City – 9 dead
A two-year-old boy, 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man drowned in their basement apartment in Woodside, Queens
A 48-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment in Forest Hills, Queens
A 43-year-old mother and her 22-year-old son died in Jamaica, Queens, in their home after cars that were uprooted by water slammed into the building, causing a partial collapse
Man, 66, who was found dead in his apartment in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
Woman, 86, who drowned in her basement apartment in Elmhurst, Queens
The ninth victim was a driver who was found in the backseat of their car on Thursday at around 10am. They drowned after the car drifted from the Grand Central Parkway
Maryland – 1 dead
A 19-year-old man was found dead after his basement apartment flooded near the Rock Creek river
New Jersey – 14 dead
A man in his seventies was pulled from his car in Passaic, New Jersey. He died while trying to drive to safety
Two others in the same area were swept into a river, Mayor Hector Lora said.
Five residents of an apartment complex in Elizabeth, New Jersey, were also reported dead by NBC news.
Two other people were killed on the roads in Hillsborough Township
Pennsylvania – 1 dead
One person died in Upper Dublin Township, the mayor announced
At least another 11 people died across the Northeast on Wednesday night and Thursday morning after the storm slammed the region.
Nine people were killed in New York City as water rushed into basement apartments in Brooklyn and Queen
A two-year-old boy was among three family members who drowned after becoming trapped in their flooded basement apartment.
An 86-year-old woman also died in her home in Elmhurst, Queens after being submerged in rushing water.
In addition, nine people were killed in New York City as water rushed into basement apartments in Brooklyn and Queen
New York and New Jersey officials were largely unprepared for just how severe the storm would be.
‘We anticipated three and six inches over the course of the whole day and that turned into the biggest single rainfall in NYC history with almost no warning,’ New York Se. Chuck Schumer said.
The National Weather Service’s office in New York issued a Flash Flood Emergency for New York City for the first time ever – warning people to seek high ground immediately.
‘The first time we’ve issued a Flash Flood Emergency was for Northeast New Jersey an hour ago,’ the agency tweeted.
Across New York and New Jersey, there are now 85,000 people without power, including 25,000 in New York City.
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla told CNN the destruction is on par with Hurricane Irene which killed 12 New Jersey residents in 2011.
She said: ‘We experienced 6.5 inches of rain in an eight-hour period.
‘Unfortunately, the number of calls for service has been overwhelming — people with alarms activated, downed wires, abandoned vehicles.’
Daily rainfall in Central Park and Newark, New Jersey smashed records on Wednesday.
In New York’s iconic park, 7.13 inches fell, breaking the record of 3.84 inches in 1927.
Meanwhile, 8.41 inches fell in Newark, where airport operations were hampered, breaking record 1959 record of 2.22 inches.
Passaic, New Jersey, Mayor Hector Lora said the town saw up to 8 feet of water.