The storm, which struck the northeastern United States, killed at least 44 people in the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
Gov. Bill Murphy said on Twitter that 23 people have been killed in New Jersey. “It’s mainly about those who drowned in their vehicles. We mourn with relatives.” At least 13 people have been killed in a tropical storm in New York City, according to police, and three more in nearby Westchester. Four people have been killed in the Philadelphia suburb of Pennsylvania. A police officer has been killed in the neighboring state of Connecticut. The British broadcaster BBC has more deaths, including in the states of Maryland and Virginia.
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Record rainfall was measured in the center of New York City. NWS, US Meteorological Service, recorded 80 mm of rain per hour in Central Park. According to the NBC news channel, 11 people in New York died after being trapped in the basement of their home. A state of emergency has been declared in New York and New Jersey.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the storm and many of the floods in the city “historic.” Metro connections have also been submerged and trains and flights have been canceled due to the floods. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has called for infrastructure improvements in which she has already invested. He called for insurance to be taken quickly. President Joe Biden has promised to support. He praised New York’s “heroic” firefighters who rescued people from submerged subway stations.
In New York State, 9,516 households were without electricity, with at least 12,122 customers in New Jersey and 25,533 customers in Pennsylvania, according to figures from the specialty website poweroutage.us. In the southern state of Louisiana, Hurricane Ida crossed the border, leaving 845,112 customers still without electricity, compared to 20,853 households in New Orleans.
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