The stormy weather that has plagued the northeastern United States has killed at least 44 people in the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Hurricane Ida foothills that landed earlier in the southern state of Louisiana earlier in the week have led to exceptionally heavy precipitation, tornadoes and numerous floods and mudslides. A state of emergency has been declared in New Jersey and New York.
23 people died in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphey reported on Twitter on Thursday. “It was mostly people who drowned in their vehicles due to floods, we mourn the next of kin.”
In the city of New York, according to the police, 13 people died as a result of the tropical storm, three people died in nearby Westchester. According to news channel NBC, eleven of people in New York died because they were trapped in the basement of their home. Four people lost their lives in a suburb of Philadelphia, while a police officer died in Connecticut when his car was swept away by the water.
US President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in both New York and New Jersey on Thursday, so that federal government aid workers receive more support in the rescue work. Biden praised New Yorks “heroic” fire department for rescuing people from flooded subway stations.
Record amounts of rainfall were measured in the center of New York city. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the storm weather and numerous floods in the city “historic.” Underground connections have also been flooded and trains and flights have failed due to waterlogging.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul called for infrastructure improvement, which she believes the state is already investing heavily in. It called on insurers to deal with claims for damages.