The remnants of Hurricane Ida have reached New York, Maryland and New Jersey. There was a downpour that put one of the largest American cities under water. There have been tornadoes in neighboring states.
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.” Record-high rainfall swept through the city. The aura led to the flood and made it difficult to navigate around the city.
On Wednesday evening, the US National Weather Service announced the introduction of a flood relief service in areas stretching from west Philadelphia to northern New Jersey.
New Jersey Mayor Hector Lora announced on Thursday morning that at least one person had died in the floods. It was a 70-year-old man who traveled by car despite the flood. The mayor mentioned that firefighters had to intervene in two more such situations, but people were saved.
Almost all New York subway lines were suspended in the late evening. In addition to the downpour, there was also the risk of a tornado.
Such harsh conditions surprised the people of the northeastern United States. Just three days earlier, Ida had hit southern Louisiana as a hurricane.
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.
– 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.
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