Authorities said that at least eight people in New York City and New Jersey were killed in a historic flash flood caused by a weather system formerly known as Hurricane Ida, which struck the northeastern United States only three days after destroying most of the southeastern United States. Louisiana State.
The storm poured heavy rain in New York City, and the local National Weather Service issued the first flash flood emergency for this iconic metropolis and neighboring Newark, New Jersey. The service released a record 8 centimeters of rain in New York’s famous Central Park in just one hour. Many streets were quickly turned into rivers, and cars and even commuter buses were flooded.
The city’s subway system was so flooded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority closed all but one line.
Newark Liberty International Airport also recorded more than 8 cm of rain, forcing officials to suspend all flying activities, and the air traffic control tower was temporarily evacuated due to tornado warnings. Parts of the airport were flooded, forcing officials to move passengers to higher floors. Governor Phil Murphy has issued a state of emergency to the entire state of New Jersey.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s state of emergency, including a ban on all non-emergency vehicles before 5 a.m. local time, and New York Governor Kathy Hoch Hochul) issued similar statutes for the entire state.
According to reports, flash floods have also occurred in neighboring Pennsylvania. There are reports that several small towns have carried out water rescue and evacuation. Tornado warnings were issued in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, while as many as 230,000 people were cut off in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.
The storm system also hit parts of nearby Maryland. After heavy rain flooded an apartment building in Rockville outside Washington, DC, at least one person died and another was missing. Part of Annapolis, the capital of Maryland.
Ada was downgraded to a tropical cyclone after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 240 kilometers per hour, making it one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the continental United States.
Electricity in the tourist city of New Orleans is slowly recovering after Ida damaged or destroyed the eight transmission lines that power the city and much of southern Louisiana. State authorities and regional utility company Entergy stated that it may take up to 30 days for the power to be fully restored, preventing residents from using air conditioners to avoid the impact of the region’s late summer heat, food and tap water. Residents in the area have been in long queues at gas stations for hours to obtain the fuel needed to run portable generators and provide some electricity to their homes.
Both Governor John Bell Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell urged residents who had been evacuated before Aida came to stay away during the crisis.
US President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday to witness the loss first-hand.
Part of the information in this report comes from the Associated Press, Reuters, and AFP.