Flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 44 people in the New York area as of Thursday night, including several who died in the basement during a “historic” weather event. Climate change.
Record rain, which provided an unprecedented flash flood emergency warning for New York City, turned roads into rivers and shut down subway services as water derailed on platforms.
“I’m 50 years old and I’ve never seen so much rain,” said Metodija Mehajlov, whose Manhattan restaurant basement was filled with three inches of water.
“Living in the jungle was like a tropical rain. Incredible. Everything is so weird this year,” he told AFP.
Hundreds of flights were canceled in La Guardia and JFK airports, as well as in Newark, where the video showed the terminal in rainwater.
“We are all together. The nation is ready to help,” President Joe Biden said ahead of a visit to the southern state of Louisiana on Friday, where Ada had previously destroyed buildings and left more than a million homes without electricity. Were
The floods closed major roads in New Jersey and New York boroughs, including Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, submerged cars and forced the fire department to rescue hundreds of people.
At least 23 people were killed in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy told reporters.
“The majority of these deaths were people trapped in their vehicles,” he said.
A state soldier has been killed in the neighboring state of Connecticut.
Thirteen people were killed in New York City, including 11 who could not escape from their basement, police said. The victims ranged in age from two to 86.
Lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio Cartes tweeted, “People are most at risk from flash floods here.
“These are the working class, immigrants, and low-income individuals and families,” he added.
A local official confirmed that three people had died in Westchester, a suburb of New York, and four more in Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ida wreaked havoc in the north after entering Louisiana over the weekend, causing severe flooding and tornadoes.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, “We are experiencing a historic weather event tonight with record-breaking rain, flash floods and dangerous conditions on our roads.”
State Emergencies were declared in New York and New Jersey, while the National Weather Service issued an emergency flash flood warning for New York City for the first time, urging residents to move to higher ground.
“You don’t know how deep the water is and it’s very dangerous,” the New York branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a tweet.
The NWS recorded 3.15 inches (80 mm) of rain in just one hour in Central Park – beating a record during Hurricane Henry last month.
The US Open was also stopped because of wind and rain from the corners of the roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium.
New York woke up on Thursday to clear the blue sky as the city returned to life, but the traces of last night’s massacre were not far off: residents moved branches of fallen trees off the streets as subway service slowed. It started slowly.
As of Thursday evening, about 38,000 homes in Pennsylvania, 24,000 in New Jersey and 12,000 in New York were without power, according to the website poweroutage.us.
Such hurricanes are rare to hit the northeastern United States and are caused by warming sea levels due to climate change.
Scientists say the cyclones are getting stronger and carrying more water because of the heat, which is a growing threat to the world’s coastal communities.
In Annapolis, 30 miles (50 km) from Washington, a tornado tore down trees and knocked down a power pole.
The NWS warned that the hurricane threat would remain, with tornado clocks in place in southern Connecticut, northern New Jersey, and parts of southern New York as Ada explored the north via New England.
Cape Cod, a popular tourist destination in Massachusetts, was hit by a storm Thursday evening.
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