- Ida leaves at least 26 dead in northeastern US.
- Ida caused torrential rains, rapid flooding and hurricane force winds.
- Dangerous hurricane triggers warnings.
Hurricane Ida caused great devastation in the south of the country and then became a post-tropical cyclone, hitting several states in the northeast of the country in the last hours, leaving at least 26 dead due to torrential rains, rapid floods and hurricane-force winds, according to the news agency Efe.
At least 12 people died in the City of New York, police said, one of them in a car and eight in flooded basements that often serve as relatively affordable housing in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country. Authorities said at least eight died in New Jersey and three in Montgomery County in the Pennsylvania suburbs; one died from a tree fall, another drowned in a car and another in a house. A Connecticut state trooper on duty was dragged in his patrol car and later taken to a hospital, according to state police and local authorities, as reported by The Associated Press.
Floods New York: Ida unleashes chaos and death in the northeast of the country
In New York, eight of the 12 deaths, including that of a two-year-old boy, were recorded “in residential homes and basements” in Brooklyn and Queens due to flooding, plus one person killed in a traffic accident in Manhattan. reported this Thursday morning the Chief of Police, Dermot Shea.
A similar situation has occurred in New Jersey, where the mayor of Elizabeth detailed that those who died in the residential building – three relatives and a neighbor – drowned, while the New Jersey 101.5 radio station reported that most of the others victims of the state were trapped in their vehicles, according to Efe.
They were trapped in their apartment
In New York City, Deborah Torres said the water quickly filled her first-floor Queens apartment to her knees as her landlord frantically urged her downstairs neighbors, including a baby, to get out. But the water was rushing in so hard that he guessed they couldn’t open the door. All three residents died. “I have no words,” he said. “How can something like this happen?”
The remnants of Ida lost most of the storm’s winds but kept their core soggy, then merged with a more traditional storm front and dropped an avalanche of rain down the Interstate 95 corridor, forecasters said. The situation has followed hurricanes before, but experts said it was slightly exacerbated by climate change (warmer air contains more rain) and urban settings, where expansive pavement prevents water from seeping into the ground.
New York Floods: Tristate Area Affected
In the state of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County authorities reported this morning that there have been three deaths related to Ida, including a woman who died when a tree struck a house, and that the worst part of the damage has occurred. in the southeast of the state.
After leaving six dead in the south of the country, Ida arrived with force to the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, becoming a “historic” meteorological event, which in the case of the Big Apple has broken the records recorded only ago a few days with the heavy rains discharged by storm Henri.
New York Floods: Deadly Risk
In Central Park, only 3.15 inches (eight centimeters) of water were recorded in one hour around 9:00 p.m., which is the highest figure obtained since data collection began in 1870, and the city first issued Once an emergency warning for rapid flooding, which implies that there is a fatal risk.
The magnitude has been measured today in the statements of the governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, who assured that it is “the first time that there has been a sudden waterspout of this proportion” in the area, something that he compared to having ” Niagara Falls on the street ”and recognized“ deficiencies in the local drainage ”.
New York Floods: Biden Promises Help
Gov. Kathy Hochul, who declared a state of emergency Wednesday night, told a news conference under sunny skies that President Joe Biden offered federal assistance to assess the damage and get “the money flowing” as soon as possible to homes and businesses devastated by this phenomenon that has brought echoes of Hurricane Sandy.
The Mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio, stressed the need to “make changes” in preparing for climate change and thanked the efforts of the emergency teams who rescued “hundreds” of people on Wednesday, many of them trapped. in vehicles filled with water.
New York Floods: Subway lines suspended
In overcrowded New York, practically all the subway lines were suspended as they were flooded by real floods and waterfalls that fell both from the stairs of the stations and from the roofs of the tunnels, with spectacular incidents recorded by the citizens who today circulated on social media.
But not only New York has been affected, but Ida has had a notable impact on New Jersey and Connecticut, whose governors also declared states of emergency last night to facilitate rescue and recovery work in the areas most affected by the torrential rains and floods, especially in neighborhoods and roads.
Impacts in New Jersey and Connecticut
The governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, described the impact of post-tropical cyclone Ida as “extraordinary” and “tragic” and said that the recovery efforts “will take some time.” In that state, entire neighborhoods have been submerged in the town of Cranford and evacuations of homes after the overflow of the Passaic River, whose waters trapped a vehicle in which three relatives were traveling, of which a 70-year-old man died, according to the report. channel ABC 7.
In Connecticut, where there are currently no deaths, Ida raised the flow of several rivers and a state policeman is hospitalized after his vehicle was trapped by the waters at the height of the town of Woodbury, according to the CT Insider media. On its way to Canada, already as a post-tropical cyclone, Ida is expected to “slowly end the threat of flooding” but there is a possibility that it will generate tornadoes as it passes through Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to information from the National Weather Service (NWS). , in English).
“We are in this together,” says Biden to those affected by Ida
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, promised this Thursday that he will continue to help all those affected by Hurricane Ida, which has caused heavy flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana and which hit the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the last hours. , according to a report from the Efe agency.
“My message to all those affected is that we are in this together. The nation is here to help, “said Biden in a speech at the White House that arrives a day before his trip to New Orleans, in the state of Louisiana, one of the cities most affected by the hurricane and where most of the neighbors are still without electricity.
Drones fly over affected areas
The speech served to Biden to enumerate the different actions that the federal government has taken and, in addition, revealed that they have been using “new tools” to accelerate the recovery process. For example, drones are flying over affected areas to assess damage to infrastructure and satellite images are being used to assess the extent of the destruction and access areas that have been isolated.
He also explained that he has asked the Department of Energy to use all the tools at its disposal to guarantee supply, including the use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, where the US stores millions of barrels of crude oil to avoid supply interruptions.
Biden calls out to insurance companies
In addition, President Biden directed his harshest words to those insurance companies that refuse to bear the lodging costs of those affected by the hurricane, because they allege that they left their homes voluntarily and not because there was a mandatory evacuation order. .
“I ask private insurance companies right now, at this critical time, not to hide behind the fine print and technicalities. Do your job. Comply with the commitments you have with the communities you have insured. Do the right thing, ”demanded the president in an energetic call.
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