New York, United States: Flash flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 44 people in the New York area overnight Thursday, including several who perished in basements in the “historic” weather event attributed to climate change.
Record-breaking rainfall, which triggered an unprecedented emergency flash flood warning for New York City, turned streets into rivers and shut down subway services as water cascaded over platforms on the tracks.
“I am 50 years old and have never seen so much rain,” said Metodija Mihajlov, whose basement in her Manhattan restaurant was flooded with three inches of water.“It was like living in the jungle, like a tropical rain. Incredible. Everything is so strange this year,” he told .
Hundreds of flights were canceled at LaGuardia and JFK airports, as well as Newark, where video showed a terminal inundated with rainwater.
“We’re all in the same boat. The nation is ready to help,” President Joe Biden said ahead of a Friday trip to the southern state of Louisiana, where Ida had previously destroyed buildings and left more than one million homes without electricity.
The floods shut down major roads in New Jersey and New York City neighborhoods including Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, submerging cars and forcing firefighters to rescue hundreds of people.
At least 23 people have died in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy told reporters.“The majority of these deaths were from individuals who got caught in their vehicles,” he said.
A state soldier died in neighboring Connecticut.Thirteen died in New York City, including 11 who could not escape from their basements, police said. The victims were between two and 86 years old.
“Among those MOST at risk during flash floods are those who live in unofficial basement dwellings that do not follow the safety codes necessary to save lives,” tweeted lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. .
“These are working class, immigrant and low income individuals and families,” she added. Three also died in the New York suburb of Westchester, while four others died in Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a local official confirmed.
As of Thursday evening, about 38,000 homes in Pennsylvania, 24,000 in New Jersey and 12,000 in New York City were without power, according to the poweroutage.us website, a significant drop from the start of the day.
Rarely do such storms hit America’s northeast coast and occur as the surface layer of the oceans warms due to climate change.Warming causes cyclones to become more powerful and carry more water, posing a growing threat to coastal communities around the world, scientists say.
“Global warming is upon us and it’s going to get worse and worse unless we do something,” Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said. In Annapolis, 50 kilometers from Washington, a tornado ripped trees and knocked down utility poles.
The NWS warned the threat of tornadoes would persist, with tornado watches in effect for parts of southern Connecticut, northern New Jersey and southern New York as Ida headed north through New York. -England.A tornado hit the popular tourist destination of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Thursday night.