Hurricane Ida – Boy, 2, among 10 dead as biblical floods trap people in basements in NY & TORNADOES batter northeastSeptember 2, 2021
TORRENTIAL downpours and tornadoes have battered northeastern USA claiming the lives of at least 10 people, including a two-year-old boy.
The powerful remnants of Hurricane Ida sparked chaos across the tri-state area on Wednesday night, leading to the first ever Flash Flood Emergency being declared in New York City.
At least 10 deaths were reported from the flooding, with eight in New York City, one in Passaic, New Jersey and one in Maryland.
Emergency crews were seen rescuing dozens of stranded motorists and people trapped in a basement were rescued by divers after a building collapsed in Queens.
Across New York and New Jersey, an estimated 85,000 people have been left without power, including 25,000 in New York City.
Central Park and Newark each saw more than three inches of rainfall in just one hour, the most ever recorded at those locations in that timeframe.
Between six and 10 inches of rain fell over the space of several hours, the National Weather Service reported, and New York City streets were inundated with water, bringing transit to a near stand-still.
Climatologist Brian Brettschneider called the freak rainfall a once in a 500-year event.
Rare tornado warnings were also issued for the Bronx and parts of Westchester on Wednesday night.
The flooding chaos in New York comes as…
- Shocking footage shows a tornado ripping through New Jersey bridge
- More than 1million homes have been left without power by Ida carnage
- Seven children left hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning amid Ida chaos
- More than 60 million people throughout northeast hit by flash flood watches
The victims in New York, whose names were not released, were located in four different scenes throughout the city.
Their ages range from two to 70, with the death toll from Ida in New York and the tri-estate area now higher than in Louisiana, which bore the brunt of the storm.
The two-year-old who died was trapped in a basement apartment with relatives, a 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man, who also drowned in Woodside, Queens.
A 66-year-old man was also discovered dead in the basement of his Cyprus Hills apartment just after midnight, as were a 22-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman in their home near 90th Avenue in Queens.
A woman in her 40s was found dead at about 1am in her apartment on Grand Central Parkway.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a man in his 70s died after the vehicle he was travelling in was flooded with water in Passaic.
A 19-year-old man was also killed in Maryland when the banks Rock Creek River burst its banks and flooded nearby homes.
All NYC subway lines were suspended last night – some are now running but on an extremely limited service.
Hundreds of flights at LaGuardia, JFK, and New Liberty airports were also cancelled across Wednesday and early Thursday.
The rain in New York City has stopped but a flood warning is in effect until 10am EST.
Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Katie Hochul of New York City declared a state of emergency for the metropolitan area as well as New Jersey after flood warnings were put in place for the first time ever.
All non-essential road travel was banned until 5am Thursday while subway services were crippled as the nine inches deluge of rain swept the city.
Buildings at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, were flooded with 15,000 power outages in New York and more than 81,000 in New Jersey.
One Twitter video showed deluge gushing onto a subway station platform, another showed a train ploughing through huge waterfalls pouring from the platform ceiling and roofs were shown torn from buildings in southern New Jersey.
Tornadoes in New Jersey crashed through buildings destroying at least nine homes and a major highway.
One resident who saw the tornado rip through his neighbor's home said: "I heard the rumble and I seen stuff flying and I told my wife and kids to get in the basement.
"And I looked out the window and I seen their house going. First thing I did was run over to their house to make sure they were alright."
"We’re enduring a historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads," de Blasio tweeted.
Minutes later he urged: "Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services get their work done."
New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency after midnight "to help New Yorkers affected by tonight's storm," she announced on Twitter.
Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey also experienced flooding and reported all flight activity to be suspended at around 10.30pm.
Across the rest of the country, Ida has already claimed eight lives and wreaked havoc across Pennsylvania, Maryland and Louisiana.
On Tuesday two power workers — Eli Nathaniel Babb and Layton River Ellison, both 19 — in Alabama were electrocuted while working to restore power, the DailyMail reported.
A 60-year-old man was the first to die on Monday after a tree fell on him, another died in New Orleans after trying to drive his vehicle through flooded streets.
And two people died tragically in Mississippi when a highway collapsed and another in Buchanan County, Virginia.
It also prompted dozens of matches to be postponed at the US Open.
"Play suspended between Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson at Louis Armstrong Stadium–which has a roof–because of wind and rain," Sports Columnist Helene Elliott tweeted at 9.33pm.
"It's nasty out there. And in there, too, apparently. Stay safe!"
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