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Man seen smoking hookah while floating down flooded NYC alleyway

What has he been smoking? Bizarre moment man puffs from hookah while reclining on a pool float in a flooded NYC alley as Ida pummels the city

  • A man was spotted reclining on a pool float and smoking a hookah while floating down a flooded NYC alleyway as if it were a lazy river on Wednesday night
  • He reclined on the raft while drifting in the murky waters, laying his head back and seemingly enjoying himself as the remnants of Ida tore through the Big Apple 
  • The footage has already been viewed more than 700,000 times and commenters said they’re waiting for ‘a pack of swimming subway rats to emerge’
  • Meanwhile the National Weather Service’s office in New York issued a Flash Flood Emergency for New York City for the first time ever 
  • Hurricane Ida has killed at least 25 people, including eight in New York, among them a two-year-old, man and woman found dead in an apartment in Queens

As New Yorkers hunkered down and tried to weatherproof their homes when the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded the city, one man was seen smoking a hookah while relaxing on a pool float in a flooded alley. 

In a video posted to Twitter at 11.30pm Wednesday, the man is seen oblivious to the situation around him and uses the streets as a lazy river. 

As it poured and ground-level apartments filled with water this New Yorker was not phased by the rain as he casually inhaled from the device and exhaled large plumes of smoke.

He reclined on the raft while drifting in the murky waters, laying his head back and seemingly enjoying himself as Ida tore through the Big Apple, killing eight people, including a two-year-old boy and 86-year-old woman. 


In a video posted to Twitter at 11.37pm Wednesday a man was spotted reclining on a pool float and smoking hookah while drifting down an NYC alleyway as if it were a lazy river 

The video was quickly viewed and shared, racking up more than 700,000 views and thousands more replies after Barstool reposted it with the caption: ‘New York is under water but this guy’s living his best life.’

Users joked that they ‘got hepatitis just watching this’ and sarcastically dubbed this man ‘patient zero’ and thanking him for ‘Covid-21’.

Others were concerned about the cleanliness of the water, warning the unnamed man that he was floating in ‘sewage’ and ‘absolute filth’ just waiting for ‘a pack of swimming subway rats to emerge’.

But the devastation Ida has caused over the past 24 hours is anything but a joke.  

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 ‘Emergency’ warning is the highest level of flood alert – indicating immediate and significant threats to life and property.

The video was immediately viewed and shared, already racking up more than 700,000 views and thousands more replies after Barstool reposted it with the caption: ‘New York is under water but this guy’s living his best life’

The entire Northeast was affected by the deadly remnants of the hurricane, which killed at least 25 people after the tail-end of Ida crept up the tri-state area throughout Wednesday night, bringing a month’s worth of rain in less than a day, flooding homes while people slept and tearing up parts of New Jersey with tornadoes. 

Eight people were killed in New York City as waters rushed into basement apartments, uprooted cars and sent them slamming into buildings in Brooklyn and Queens.  

Among them a two-year-old in New York City who was found dead alongside a 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man in an apartment in Woodside, Queens. They had all become trapped in their basement apartment. Another woman who died was 86 and lived in a basement apartment in Elmhurst, Queens.

More people have now been found dead in New York City from Ida than in Louisiana, which had days to prepare for the storm. The first warnings came at around 7pm and by 10pm, the NYPD was recovering dead bodies from basement homes. 

Ten people were killed in New Jersey – five were swept away in cars that became submerged in the water and five died in an apartment complex in Elizabeth. In Passaic, a man in his seventies died in his car after it became submerged, and two other people in the same area were swept into a river. 


QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: The inside of an MTA bus was submerged as a driver ploughed through 3-4 feet of rain

A food delivery driver stands on the saddle of his bicycle outside Soho Finest Deli on the corner of Grand Street and Thompson Street in Soho on Wednesday night to avoid the flood water rising up around him 

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: A homeless man stands in the doorway of a deli during flash flooding caused by storm Ida

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Members of the FDNY are pictured in waist-high water as they rescue a woman from her car

Across New York and New Jersey, there are now 85,000 people without power, including 25,000 in New York City. 

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.

‘In the area where we unfortunately experienced a loss of life — I must say our prayers and support go out to the family of this individual — that area had over six feet of water.

‘The fire department and police had to call off efforts because our fire truck literally got stuck in the road. We had ambulances stuck on the road.

‘There were areas in our city where we saw up to eight feet of water,’ he said.


Jefferson Street subway in Brooklyn floods on Wednesday night while an L train approaches with passengers on board


NEW YORK CITY: Trains were seen being swamped with cascades of water, while subway stations were completely flooded

Commuters walk into a flooded 3rd Avenue / 149th St subway station and disrupted service due to extremely heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021, in New York City

All New York City subway lines were suspended on Wednesday night and non-emergency vehicles were banned until 5am Thursday.

The MTA is now running an extremely limited subway lines.

The city suspended the subway and banned all non-emergency vehicles from the roads until 5am, after 3.15 inches of rain were recorded at Central Park in just one hour.

‘These numbers are climbing. Charge your devices and if you experience an outage – call it in immediately,’ Murphy tweeted.

Having tracked up the east coast of the United States leaving a trail of devastation in her wake, Ida is now whipping towards the city of Boston.

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