Flash floods caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 41 people in the New York area as of Thursday night, including several who died during a “historic” weather event in their basement. Authorities blamed climate change.
Record rain, which signaled an unprecedented flash. the flood Emergency warning for New York City, turning roads into rivers and shutting down subway service 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 across New Jersey. New York Vehicles including Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens were submerged and the fire department was forced 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.
Twelve people were killed in New York City, including 11 who could not escape from their basement, police said. The victims ranged in age from 2 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 were killed in Westchester, a suburb of New York, and three 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 the first emergency flash flood warning for New York City, urging residents to move to higher ground.
The New York branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a tweet that “you don’t know how deep the water is and it’s very dangerous.”
The NWS recorded 3.15 inches (80 mm) of rain in just one hour in Central Park – a record set 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.
The constant threat of a tornado.
New York woke up on Thursday to clear the blue sky when the city returned to life but the traces of last night’s massacre were not far away: residents moved falling tree branches off the streets as subway service slowly began. ۔
According to the website poweroutage.us, about 98,000 homes in Pennsylvania, 60,000 in New Jersey and 40,000 in New York lost power.
Such storms are very rare. United StatesIs a northeastern oceanic region and the sea level rises 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.
“Global warming is upon us, and unless we do something about it, it’s getting worse,” said Democratic Senator Chuck Schmidt.
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 when Ida explored the north via New England on Thursday.