Record-breaking precipitation from Hurricane Ida resulted in flash floods across New York City, leading Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a state of emergency yesterday, September 1.
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The chosen one said on Twitter: “I am declaring a state of emergency in New York City tonight. We are experiencing a historic meteorological event this evening with exceptional rains throughout the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads. We ask that you stay off the streets tonight and let first responders and emergency services do their jobs. If you are thinking of going out, don’t. Don’t take the metro. Do not take the roads. Do not drive in these heavy waters. Stay inside ”.
The particularly serious tone of this press release gives a fairly concrete idea of the black episode that New York is currently going through.
A few hours ago, more than 5,000 people were without electricity due to the catastrophic weather conditions and the floods that result. In his intervention, Bill de Blasio reassured the population that the rain should stop soon.
Most New York subways are closed, with the National Weather Service recording 8cm of rain in Central Park within an hour. He described the rain as causing “ sudden and dangerous floods ”, and that’s exactly what the people of the Big Apple have seen in recent days.
Lots of photos and videos have leaked onto social media and the pictures are impressive to say the least.
Rail services and flights to and from the city have also been suspended, report our colleagues from the BBC. Storm Ida affected parts of the United States, with a Category 4 hurricane reported in Louisiana on Sunday, August 29, as well as winds recorded at over 250 km / h.
Four days after the first consequences, hundreds of residents are still without electricity, while New Orleans has had a nighttime curfew imposed. According to several specialists, some people could be without electricity for several weeks, because Storm Ida destroyed about eight power transmission lines that supply the New York metropolitan area.
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Floods in New York: a very heavy provisional toll
According to the Independent, President Joe Biden will visit the state tomorrow, September 3, and meet with state and local officials. He will assess the damage in the most affected areas over the weekend.
New Jersey was also hit hard by the storm, and declared a state of emergency after reporting at least one drowning death in the town of Passaic, located about 30 miles from new York. In Kearny, the roof of a postal building was blown off by the storm while people were still inside. Rescue teams are believed to be present at the scene, but the number of injured is unknown.
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You will understand, the damage is considerable. The latest death toll in the country shows 44 dead.