Ida on Staten Island, the morning after: Abandoned cars, W. Shore Expressway closed, limited trains

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Tropical rainstorm Ida has departed from our area after unleashing several inches of rain that caused severe flooding and at least seven deaths in New York City.

Service is limited and delayed on the Staten Island Railway for the morning commute. Trains are running only between Great Kills and St George, according to the MTA. The Annadale train station is closed with dirt and debris covering the tracks.

Annadale train station closed. Sept. 2, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)Jan Somma-Hammel

Most of the West Shore Expressway southbound is closed due to flooding near Arden Avenue. The expressway is blocked from Victory Boulevard to the Outerbridge Crossing, according to the NYPD.

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding, including on the West Shore Expressway near Arden Avenue on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Courtesy of 511 NY)

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars. Flooding caused delays on the West Shore Expressway on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

The radar shows Ida moving in a northeasterly direction over Long Island and up into New England.

Police have reported seven deaths in Queens and one in Brooklyn where people were found unconscious in their homes when officers responded to flooding conditions.

The storm totaled cars and damaged homes on Staten Island, as flooding occurred so quickly there was a wave of 911 calls for motorists trapped inside their vehicles — the locations of which were “too many to mention,” one law enforcement source said.

Some cars abandoned during the flooding remain on streets in our borough Thursday morning. In some neighborhoods, it’s difficult for drivers to maneuver around all of the cars left on the roads.

Flooding continues to be a problem at various locations along Arthur Kill Road, including near Aspen Knolls Way where a large townhouse complex is located. Abandoned cars were towed on Thursday morning from Arthur Kill Road and Tanglewood Drive in the aftermath of extensive flooding.

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars and felled trees on Staten Island as seen in these photos taken on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Abandoned cars blocked roads in many places on Staten Island, including on Brighton Avenue. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars and felled trees on Staten Island as seen in these photos taken on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Abandoned cars blocked roads in many places on Staten Island, including Bay Street at Vanderbilt Avenue. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

A big tree is down and blocking Forest Avenue at Silver Lake Road.

Flooding and high winds have scattered garbage bags and other debris onto many Island streets.

The citywide travel ban has expired, but a travel advisory is now in effect. All non-emergency vehicles are advised to stay off of city streets and highways while clean-up continues, according to an alert by Notify NYC issued at the start of the morning rush hour.

Expect longer waits and travel times on all bus routes throughout New York City because of flooding and abandoned vehicles. Many subway delays and suspensions are reported throughout the city, according to the MTA.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning in effect until 1 p.m. on Thursday

“Widespread flooding of poor drainage and low-lying urban areas is expected,” according to the National Weather Service. “Do not drive your vehicle or walk into areas where water covers the roadway as the water depth may be too great to allow you to cross safely. Move to higher ground.”

As the cleanup begins for many Staten Islanders, temperatures are in the low 60s and Thursday is expected to be free of rain with a high of 76 degrees, according to AccuWeather.com.

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars. Traffic headed north on the flooded West Shore Expressway on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars. Flooding caused delays on the West Shore Expressway on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars and felled trees on Staten Island as seen in these photos taken on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. A tree is down on Forest Avenue at Silver Lake Road. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars and felled trees on Staten Island as seen in these photos taken on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. A tree is down on Forest Avenue at Silver Lake Road. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Tropical rainstorm Ida causes widespread flooding

Rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida caused flooding that engulfed cars and felled trees on Staten Island as seen in these photos taken on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. An abandoned car blocks the road at Brentwood Avenue in Randall Manor. (Staten Island Advnace/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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