Flash flooding in the Northeast United States killed at least 18 people, including nine in the city of New York. Record amounts of rain have fallen from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which struck Louisiana on Sunday. Roads, metro stations and buildings were flooded.
Remains of Hurricane Ida arrived in New York, Maryland and New Jersey on Wednesday. There were downpours that caused flooding in the city of New York, among others. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a decision on a state of emergency on Wednesday night in what he called a “historic weather event.” The governors of New Jersey and Connecticut made a similar decision.
On Wednesday evening, the US National Weather Service (NWS) announced the introduction of a flood relief service in areas stretching from the southeastern regions of Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey.
The NWS reported that 150 to 200 liters of water per square meter dropped from Philadelphia to Connecticut. In Manhattan, an hourly rainfall record was set at 80 l / sq m. It added that the over 180 l / sq m drop in New York on Wednesday is the city’s fifth daily highest rainfall.
Flood in New York. Fatalities
As a result of the flood, at least 18 people died, according to the latest balance. Nine people were killed in the city of New York, the mayor of the city said at a press conference on Thursday. Deaths were also recorded in New Jersey.
“People go through hell,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference.
“It’s scary to see what’s happening here.” I lost everything, said a resident of Queens County in New York. “My street is like a lake,” described one of the residents of Hoboken, NJ.
There have been tornadoes in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. According to local media, the disaster in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, destroyed at least nine homes. There was a “severe flood” at Newark airport. It was necessary to close the airport, some flights resumed only after midnight.
The mayor of New York has urged residents of the endangered regions not to go outside. The subway was flooded. On Wednesday evening, almost all lines were suspended.
– Please don’t go out into the streets and let our emergency services do their job. Stay away from the subway. Stay clear of the roads. Don’t run into that high water. Stay in your homes, he appealed.
On Thursday morning local time in the five northeastern states with the most rainfall, more than 200,000 consumers were without electricity.
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