Hurricane Ida caused tornadoes to sweep through parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The one that appeared in the town of Mullica Hill razed the whole neighborhood to the ground.
Ida hit Louisiana on August 29, leaving a million people without electricity, possibly for weeks. Hurricane remnants have resulted in record amounts of rain in the Northeast United States. The element caused tornadoes to pass through some of the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. According to local media, the one that appeared in Mullica Hill resulted in a wind blowing at a speed of over 240 kilometers per hour. Many houses have been destroyed.
Troy Thomas and his family bunked into the basement as a tornado passed through their home on Josephine Lane on Wednesday. “The stairs were collapsing, pipes were snapping,” Troy said. – We were all huddled, things fell on our backs. Fortunately, the house has a basement or we would never get out of it, ”said his wife Ashley.
A tornado razed everything in its path to the ground, but Troy Thomas’ family came out alive.
“We have a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old and I’m eight months pregnant,” Ashley said. – They are all safe and sound. I have a few broken toes, but it’s okay, she added.
Another tornado witness compared it with the coming end of the world. For five or ten seconds you think: is the world coming to an end? – reported Greg Rosenberger. He saw a tornado rushing straight to his home. “It was a great wall of wind and I saw something floating in the air,” he said. “A second or two later the windows started to crack and I heard rumbles of what I believe were breaking trees,” he added.
The post-hurricane death toll is growing
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 US agency AP citing local authorities, at least 23 people have died in New Jersey, 12 in New York and three in suburban Westchester County. At least five deaths have been reported 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 Deborah Torres’ ground floor apartment and filled it 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 such a thing happen? – said the woman quoted by the agency.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned since Tuesday about 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 element.
“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.
Some areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island dropped 230 liters of water per square meter, and nearly the same in New York’s Staten Island.
PAP, Reuters, https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/
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