Despite all the warnings at the base of Hurricane Ida, heavy rains over the past few days have surprised many on the U.S. East Coast. More than 40 people have been killed so far in the floods. The states of New Jersey and New York have been hardest hit.
Authorities say 23 people have died in New Jersey and at least 13 in New York City. Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in New York, with more than a million homes without power.
According to New Jersey Governor Bill Murphy, most of the 23 people in New Jersey were surprised at their vehicles in the water.
Of the 13 deaths in New York City, 11 were in basement flooding, police said. So the victims ranged in age from 2 to 86 years. Three deaths have been reported in Westchester, a New York suburb.
A police officer has died in the neighboring state of Connecticut. In the Montgomery district near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, four people were killed, a local official said.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. For the first time in Megacity’s history, the National Weather Service declared a “sudden flood emergency.” Rescue workers were on duty all night and had to rescue hundreds of people.
In a very short period of time many streets were turned into rivers, subway stations were flooded and New York airports were cut off hundreds of air connections. In Central Park, 80 millimeters of rain fell within an hour. Hurricanes have been reported from Annapolis and the Cape Cod Peninsula in the state of Massachusetts, about 50 kilometers from Washington.
The sun was shining in New York on Thursday, but metropolitan residents were busy repairing the flood damage. Subway traffic slowly began to roll back.
According to the Poweroutage.us website, meanwhile more than a million families were affected, with 38,000 families in Pennsylvania, 24,000 in New Jersey and 12,000 in New York being without electricity in the evening (local time).
A state of emergency has been declared for the states of New York and New Jersey. Governor Kathy Hochul said the move would help all victims get help quickly.
Be sure to help Biden
“Ida” was the second highest level in southern Louisiana over the weekend with four hurricanes hitting the ground. The hurricane caused severe damage there and then weakened and moved northeast of the United States. U.S. President Joe Biden wanted to visit the disaster area in Louisiana on Friday. In advance he agreed to help the victims: “We are together. The country is ready to help. “
According to scientists, the magnitude of the disaster is related to climate change. “Global warming is coming on us, and if we don’t do something about it, it will only get worse,” Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer warned.
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