America’s East Coast saw an increase in the number of deaths, overflowing rivers and tornado damage Thursday, after the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the region with record-breaking rain. The tornado drowned at least 46 people in their homes and cars.
The region had been warned of the potential for deadly flash floods, but was unprepared for the hit from the storm’s remnants. As a result, dozens of people died, from Maryland to Connecticut, on Wednesday (1/9) night and Thursday (2/9) morning.
At least 13 people have died in New York City, the New York City police chief said, 11 of them in flooded underground apartments. Underground apartments are relatively affordable residences in the city, one of America’s most expensive housing markets.
Rain from Hurricane Ida’s remnants battered the main interstate highway corridor, Interstate 95, meteorologists said.
This kind of weather has occurred after a hurricane, but experts say that the current situation is exacerbated by climate change and the arrangement of streets in the city that does not allow water to be absorbed into the ground.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Thursday afternoon at least 23 people died in the storm that hit the state Wednesday night. [ka/ah]