At the least 8 deaths as Hurricane Ida’s remnants hit U.S. Northeast

2021-09-02 12:40:00

At the least eight deaths had been reported in New York Metropolis and New Jersey as relentless rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida despatched the New York Metropolis space right into a state of emergency early Thursday and the storm carried into New England with threats of extra tornadoes.

Police in New York Metropolis reported seven deaths, together with a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy who had been discovered unconscious and unresponsive late Wednesday inside a house. They had been pronounced lifeless on the scene, police mentioned. One loss of life was confirmed in New Jersey.

New York’s FDR Drive, a significant artery on the east aspect of Manhattan, and the Bronx River Parkway had been beneath water by late Wednesday night. Subway stations and tracks turned so flooded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all service. Movies posted on-line confirmed subway riders standing on seats in automobiles crammed with water.

Different movies confirmed autos submerged as much as their home windows on main roadways in and across the metropolis and rubbish bobbing down the streets.

“We’re enduring an historic climate occasion tonight with document breaking rain throughout town, brutal flooding and harmful situations on our roads,” New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned whereas declaring a state of emergency in New York Metropolis late Wednesday.

Gov. Kathy Hochul additionally declared a state of emergency for New York state.

Firefighters rescued a person from a automobile caught in deep floodwaters in New York Metropolis. Video shot by New York TV station WABC-TV confirmed firefighters carry a person from his car to dry floor. The person’s SUV was one among quite a lot of autos caught within the water on the Bronx River Parkway.

The Nationwide Climate Service workplace in New York declared its first-ever set of flash flood emergencies within the area Wednesday evening, an alert stage that’s reserved for “exceedingly uncommon conditions when a extreme risk to human life and catastrophic harm from a flash flood is going on or will occur quickly.”

New York Metropolis put in place a journey ban till 5 a.m. ET Thursday for all non-emergency autos, and a journey advisory was in impact after it expired. All non-emergency autos had been suggested to remain off of streets and highways.

The Nationwide Climate Service recorded 3.15 inches (8.91 centimetres) of rain in New York’s Central Park in a single hour Wednesday evening, far surpassing the 1.94 inches (4.92 centimetres) that fell in a single hour throughout Tropical Storm Henri on the evening of Aug. 21, which was believed on the time to be essentially the most ever recorded within the park.

Earlier Wednesday, the storm blew by the mid-Atlantic states with at the very least two tornadoes, heavy winds and drenching rains that collapsed the roof of a U.S. Postal Service constructing in New Jersey and threatened to overrun a dam in Pennsylvania.

Social media posts confirmed houses decreased to rubble in a southern New Jersey county simply exterior Philadelphia, not removed from the place the Nationwide Climate Service confirmed a twister Wednesday night. Authorities didn’t have any speedy data on accidents.

The roof collapsed on the Postal Service constructing in Kearny, New Jersey, with folks inside, police Sgt. Chris Levchak mentioned. Rescue crews had been on scene into the evening, with no speedy phrase on the variety of folks or severity of accidents.

Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties, urging folks to remain off the flooded roads. Meteorologists warned that rivers doubtless will not crest for a couple of extra days, elevating the potential for extra widespread flooding.

At the least one loss of life was reported within the state as floodwaters rushed by metropolis streets, trapping motorists. Passaic Mayor Hector Lora mentioned a 70-year-old man was swept away. “His household was rescued, they had been all in the identical automobile. Sadly, the automobile was overtaken by the waters, and the firefighters who had been being dragged down beneath the car had been unable to get him out,” Lora informed WCBS-TV. The mayor mentioned there was an unconfirmed report of one other loss of life within the metropolis.

All Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Boston with an preliminary departure earlier than 9 a.m. ET Thursday was canceled. Greater than 61,000 houses and companies in New Jersey had been with out electrical energy by 6 a.m.

Among the many different deaths reported in New York Metropolis, a 48-year-old girl and a 66-year-old man died after being discovered at separate residences, and a 43-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man each died after being discovered inside a house. Causes of loss of life and identifications had been pending.

Soaking rains prompted the evacuations of hundreds of individuals after water reached harmful ranges at a dam close to Johnstown, a Pennsylvania city nicknamed Flood Metropolis. An official mentioned later Wednesday that the water ranges close to the dam had been receding.

Utilities reported lots of of hundreds of consumers with out energy in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In Rockville, Maryland, water had virtually reached the ceilings of basement models Wednesday when crews arrived at an condominium complicated. A 19-year-old was discovered lifeless, one other particular person was lacking and about 200 folks from 60 flats close to Rock Creek had been displaced, Montgomery County Hearth Chief Scott Goldstein mentioned Wednesday.

A twister was believed to have touched down alongside the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

“In a few years I’ve not seen circumstances like this,” Goldstein mentioned.

The Nationwide Climate Service had predicted flooding from what remained of Hurricane Ida, saying steep terrain and even metropolis streets had been significantly weak to a band of extreme climate that prolonged to Massachusetts, the place twister warnings had been issued early Thursday.

Tropical Storm Henri hit the area a bit greater than every week in the past, inflicting flooding and leaving the area saturated and extra weak to this week’s torrents.

Tropical Storm Larry was strengthening and transferring shortly westward after forming off the coast of Africa earlier Wednesday. Forecasters predicted it could quickly intensify in a fashion much like Ida, changing into a significant hurricane with prime wind speeds of 120 mph (193 kph) by Saturday.


Scolforo reported from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. AP journalist Ryan Kryska in Hoboken, New Jersey, contributed to this report.

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