The tail of the storm hits the Big Apple. The subway is flooded and circulation is prohibited
The number of deaths rises to at least 22 due to the violent tail of Hurricane Ida which hit the northeastern coast of the United States with unprecedented rains and floods. The New York police and the New Jersey authorities have made it known. The governors of the two states have declared an emergency. Among the victims also a two-year-old child as declared by the agents of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). The toll now counts eight deaths in upstate New York, five in New Jersey and one in Maryland.
The Big Apple is flooded and the subway is stopped: “I am declaring a state of emergency to help New Yorkers hit by the storm tonight,” tweeted Kathy Hochul, governor of the state of New York, from her official profile. “It was absolutely stunning, people were caught off guard and were shocked,” he added to CNN, urging citizens not to leave their homes.
I am declaring a state of emergency to help New Yorkers affected by tonight’s storm.
Please stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel.
– Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 2, 2021
The city of New York yesterday recorded 80.01 mm of rain in just 60 minutes, the largest amount of water ever to fall on the US metropolis. The survey was done in Manhattan’s Central Park from 20:51 to 21:51 on Wednesday local time (2: 51-3: 51 today in Italy). In five hours, a quantity of water equal to 50 thousand Olympic swimming pools fell.
In the city it is also forbidden the circulation of all vehicles apart from emergency vehicles, until 5 am local time, 11 am in Italy. In addition, the National Weather Service has declared a state of flood emergency for this city for the first time in history, as announced in a tweet from the same government organization.
Hurricane Ida, which struck the southern United States on Sunday, caused a tornado and several floods as it headed north. The authorities urged the inhabitants not to leave the house and during the night a deployment of forces was decided to deal with the situation but, according to Hochul “this is much more than expected”.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared an emergency for the city as many power lines have gone down and road conditions remain dangerous. The Us Open had to stop. A large amount of water has reached the playing surfaces of the covered courts due to some side openings as stated by CNN.
Meanwhile, storm Larry hitting the eastern tropical Atlantic could escalate into a more severe hurricane by Friday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Larry is currently located approximately 545 miles (875 km) west-southwest of the southernmost islands of Cape Verde, with maximum winds reaching 120 km / h.