In the US East Coast, the death toll of storms, floods and tornadoes is increasing. According to the latest balance sheet, at least 46 people died in flooded houses and cars.
On August 29, Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the American continent. It left a million people without electricity, probably for weeks. Hurricane remnants have resulted in record amounts of rain in the Northeast United States.
In a region that has been warned of a potentially deadly flood but has not prepared for such a blow, at least 46 people died Wednesday night and Thursday morning in the Maryland-Connecticut area.
According to the AP agency citing local authorities, at least 23 people have died in New Jersey, 12 in New York and three in a suburban county Westchester. At least five deaths have been recorded in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland. Connecticut state police sergeant Brian Mohl was killed after his car was swept over by an element from the road.
AP cites an example from Queens, New York, where water quickly broke into the ground floor apartment of one of Deborah Torres’ residents and filled them up to the knees. As Torres said, three people in the basement, including a child, couldn’t get out because they probably couldn’t open the door. They all died. “I have no words. How could something like this happen?” Said the woman, quoted by the agency.
New York City Authorities: We didn’t expect Niagara Falls to hit the streets
According to meteorologists, the remains of Ida merged with the storm front and flooded the area around Interstate 95. According to experts, similar weather had already occurred in the wake of hurricanes. Climate change has worsened the situation now. Warmer air is accompanied by more rain, and in cities, concrete pavements prevent water from soaking into the ground.
The National Hurricane Center has warned since Tuesday of the possibility of major, life-threatening floods. However, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said they were surprised by the force of the storm. “We didn’t expect the sky to literally open up between 8:50 PM and 9:50 PM last night and Niagara Falls would fall on the streets of New York,” said Hochul. Rainfall resulted in 23 cm of rain in some areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and nearly as much in New York’s Staten Island.
New York struggles with the element
In New York City, some streets were completely flooded, there was a lot of floating debris, water broke into the subway tunnels, halting at least 17 trains and holding traffic until early morning. Recordings posted on the network showed passengers standing on seats in flooded carriages.
According to the National Meteorological Service, there were at least seven tornadoes devastating, among others, Cape Cod, suburbs of Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / JUSTIN LANE