- Storm Larry continues to strengthen and may turn into a hurricane tonight as well as be a major hurricane by Friday.
- Storm Larry joins the now post-tropical cyclone Ida, which is moving toward the northeastern United States.
- The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the current hurricane season will have above-average activity.
Larry, the 12th tropical storm of this Atlantic hurricane season, continues to strengthen south of the Cape Verde Islands in Africa, and may become a hurricane tonight and by Friday it could be a major hurricane.
The system has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km / h) and is located over the eastern Atlantic, 595 kilometers (370 miles) west-southwest south of the Cape Verde islands, the Efe news agency reported.
Storm Larry gets stronger
Larry is traveling west at 35 km / h (22 mph). Forecasters forecast a westward movement through Thursday, followed by a progressive west-northwest shift on Thursday night and Friday.
Tropical-storm-intensity winds extend up to 110 kilometers (70 miles) from the center, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) from the USA in its most recent bulletin.
Storm Larry will continue to get stronger in the coming days
The Miami-based NHC expects Larry to “continue to strengthen in the coming days,” so that it could become a hurricane tonight and reach the major cyclone category on Friday (3, 4 or 6 on the intensity scale of Saffir-Simpson, out of a maximum of 5).
Larry is accompanied today by the now post-tropical cyclone Ida, which is moving towards the northeast of the United States, leaving heavy rains in its wake, and the tropical depression Kate, “poorly organized”, which is moving across the Atlantic and is expected to soon disappearance.
Hurricane Ida has killed at least 6 people in Louisiana
Ida has maximum sustained winds of about 55 km / h (35 mph) and still poses risks of heavy rains and subsequent flooding, as well as tornadoes, in the Northeast.
The passage of Hurricane Ida, now degraded, has left at least 6 dead, massive power cuts, floods and extensive damage in Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, although it seems that it has not reached the severity that was feared, in large part thanks to the reconstructed levees of the New Orleans area.
Hurricane season will have activity above average
The system was about 60 kilometers (35 miles) east of Hagerstow, Maryland and about 55 kilometers south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Forecasters warn of flash floods and floods for parts of the Appalachians central, mid-Atlantic, and southern New York and New England.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts that the current Atlantic hurricane season will have above-average activity. So far this year, four hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin — Elsa, Grace, Henri and Ida — of which Grace and Ida reached the highest category.
At least 8 dead in the northeastern US and declare a state of emergency after being killed by the remains of Ida
At least eight people have died in the Northeast region of the United States, specifically in New York City and New Jersey, after the incessant rain and winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused unprecedented flooding causing authorities to New Yorkers declared a state of emergency in the early hours of this Thursday.
New York City Police reported seven deaths, including a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy who were found unconscious and unconscious Wednesday night inside a home. They were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. In addition, an eighth death was reported in New Jersey.
Hurricane Ida hit New York
New York’s FDR Drive, an artery important on the east side of Manhattan, and the Bronx River Parkway were completely flooded Wednesday night. Subway stations and tracks were flooded so much that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all services. Videos posted on social media showed subway passengers standing on the seats of wagons filled with water.
Other videos showed vehicles submerged up to the windows on the main roads in and around the city and garbage floating through the streets of the Big Apple. The storm came to New England with threats of more tornadoes. To watch the videos press HERE.
Deaths in New York
Firefighters rescued a man from a car stuck in a deep flood in New York City. A video filmed by New York television station WABC-TV showed firefighters pulling a man out of his vehicle onto dry land. The man’s truck was one of several vehicles stuck in the water on the Bronx River Parkway.
Among the deaths reported in New York City, a 48-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man died after being found in separate residences, and a 43-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man died after being found inside a house. Causes of death and identifications were pending, The Associated Press reported.
“There is a serious threat to human life”
“We are enduring a historic weather event tonight with record city-wide rainfall, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as he declared a state of emergency in New York City. Wednesday night. Governor Kathy Hochul also declared a state of emergency for New York State.
The National Weather Service office in New York declared its first set of flash flood emergencies in the region Wednesday night, an alert level that is reserved for “extremely rare situations where there is a serious threat to human life. and catastrophic damage from a flash flood that is happening or will happen soon ”.
Travel is prohibited
New York City established a travel ban until 5 a.m. ET Thursday for all non-emergency vehicles, and a travel warning was in effect after it expired. All non-emergency vehicles were advised to stay off the streets and highways.
The National Weather Service recorded 3.15 inches (8.91 centimeters) of rain in New York’s Central Park in an hour Wednesday night, far exceeding the 1.94 inches (4.92 centimeters) that fell in one hour during Tropical Storm Henri on the night of August 21. which was believed at the time to be the most recorded in the park.
At least two tornadoes in New Jersey
Early Wednesday, the storm hit the mid-Atlantic states with at least two tornadoes, high winds and torrential rains that collapsed the roof of a United States Postal Service building in New Jersey and threatened to encroach on a dam in Pennsylvania.
Social media posts showed houses reduced to rubble in a southern New Jersey county outside of Philadelphia, not far from where the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado Wednesday night. Authorities had no immediate information on the injuries.
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