The remnants of Hurricane Ida — which originally made landfall in Louisiana early Sunday afternoon — made its way up the east coast of the United States and battered New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with tornadoes, record rain and flooding that left the area deluged and under states of emergency yesterday.
Videos circulating on social media showed cars submerged on highways, water pouring into subway stations, homes and even the Newark Liberty Airport’s Terminal B after a wind-driven downpour shattered rainfall records and prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency for New York City.
Unfortunately, NBC News is reporting that 22 lives have been lost in New York, including a 2-year-old. In New Jersey, a man was killed in Passaic after Ida’s flood waters engulfed the car he was in. Rescue workers were also searching for two more people, according to Passaic Mayor Hector Lora.
New York and New Jersey city officials are suggesting that people stay inside their homes, despite the storm clearing, so police, firefighters and other emergency personnel can assist in the recovery efforts.
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