A viral video appears to show a man in the Bronx smoking hookah while riding a floatation device as remnants of Hurricane Ida flood New York City.
The video was shared by numerous Twitter accounts and retweeted thousands of times Thursday (September 2) morning, after the storm hit the northeast overnight.
The man is shown taking multiple hits of hookah as his float slowly moves through high waters in an alley between two buildings.
Several other viral videos have shown flooding throughout the New York City area, including at subway stations.
ABC News shared a clip of water cascading onto a subway train at Jefferson Street station in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn.
The @SubwayCreatures Twitter account shared a video of the 28 Street & 7 Avenue station, which shows a wall of water gushing up against a wall and onto the track.
Lieber said hundreds of trains were operating within the subway system when "one-hour historic rainfall overtook everybody."
The New York City Fire Department and New York Police Department worked in tandem to successfully rescue all subway passengers without any injuries reported in what "took a couple of hours," according to Lieber.
Approximately 65 MTA busses were blocked or stuck during the storm, but Lieber confirmed "we're bringing service up" and a number of lines had already been restored as of Thursday morning.
CNN reports at least nine people in New York and New Jersey have died after remnants of Ida hit the northeast.
The victims include a 2-year-old; an 86-year-old woman who lived in Corona, Queens found in the basement by her son just before midnightl; an elderly man in his 70s who was retrieved from floodwaters after his vehicle was overtaken by water in Passaic, New Jersey; and several others throughout various boroughs of New York City.
Hurricane Ida initially made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday (August 29) afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday morning (August 30) and later a tropical depression on Monday afternoon as it moved through the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The National Hurricane Center confirmed Ida reached wind speeds of 150 MPH, tying Hurricane Katrina on the 16th anniversary of the devastating storm, as well as Laura (2020) and the Last Island Hurricane (1856) as the most powerful storms to ever hit the state.