On Wednesday, the leftovers of Hurricane Ida hit the mid-Atlantic U.S. states with heavy winds, soaking rains, and at least two tornadoes that collapsed the roof of the United States Postal Service building left roads and cars underwater. Some social media posts showed that homes were reduced to wreckage in a southern New Jersey County just outside Philadelphia. Authorities of the county didn’t have any instant information on injuries.
Moreover, another video showed flood water rushing through Newark Liberty International Airport as the tornado proceeds into New York on Wednesday night. At 10:30 pm, New Jersey and New York Port authority tweeted that they suspended all flights and closed several parking lots because of severe flooding.
The authorities also suspended all train services to the airport. Furthermore, the National Weather Service recorded around 3.15 inches of rain in Central Park of New York in one hour. So, the new rain level surpassed the 1.94 inches that fell in one hour on the night of 31st August during Tropical Storm Henri. At that time, it was believed to be the most ever rain recorded in the park.
By late evening, floodwater covered the major artery on the east side of Manhattan, FDR Drive of New York, tracks, and subway stations. Afterward, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) suspended all services. Some online posted videos showed that several vehicles submerged up to their windows on main roadways in and across the city.
State of Emergency in all Counties of New Jersey
TV footage at the United States Open tennis tournament in Queens showed that fans watched matches under the retractable roof trudging the Arthur Ashe Stadium through many inches of water as they left. According to police Sgt at the Postal Service building in Kearny, New Jersey, a roof collapsed with residents inside. Chris Levchak. However, the rescue teams didn’t state the number of severe injuries or casualties.
Governor Philip Dunton Murphy declared a state of emergency in all twenty-one counties of New Jersey and urged residents to stay off the flooded roads. Furthermore, weathercasters warned that rivers possibly wouldn’t crest for some more days, raising the possibility of more extensive flooding. A town of Pennsylvania named Flood City as soaking rains prompted the authorities to carry out evacuations when the water reached dangerous levels at a dam.
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) September 2, 2021
People are Still without Power in Louisiana
The hurricane caused many business and school closures in Pennsylvania. Moreover, the authorities closed one hundred and fifty roadways under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) management. Many thousand citizens were still facing power cut issues till late Wednesday night. Additionally, some areas near Johnstown saw five inches or more rain by mid-afternoon.
Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power in Louisiana three days after Hurricane Ida made landfall.
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— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) September 1, 2021
The local transit authority, National Guard, the Red Cross, and transportation services help bring evacuees to a neighboring high school. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted flooding from what remained of Ida and stated sharp landscape and even city streets were specifically vulnerable to severe weather. In addition, the flash flooding hit around twenty homes and washed many trailers away in the mountainous western corner of Virginia. There, rescue crews rescued around fifty people and evacuated hundreds from the location.