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Heavy Rains And Flooding Across The U.S. Northeast Has Left At Least 46 People Dead And Many Injured

Although Hurricane Ida initially landed in the southern region of the United States, the storm’s remains has claimed four times as many lives while passing through the northeast.

State and local officials are confirming that 46 people are dead; 23 of them located in New Jersey, 16 in New York, 5 in Philadelphia, one in Conneticut and one in Maryland.

The flooding is occurring just days after Hurricane Ida claimed nine lives across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama due to flooding and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Statements From Leaders

“Please keep each and everyone of them and their families in your prayers, and let’s hope that that number doesn’t go up,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Please stay off the roads. We’re not out of this yet.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski added to the governor’s conference by stating, “Anybody who believes that it’s too expensive to stop climate change … has got to wake up to the fact that we cannot afford not to.”

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In the state of New York, a travel advisory is in effect, and all non-emergency vehicles are required to stay off the roads.

“Our hearts ache for the lives lost in last night’s storm,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. “They were our fellow New Yorkers, and to their families, your city will be there for you in the days ahead.”

President Joe Biden added to the list of leaders addressing the tragic situation. In a recent statement to the public, Biden said that his “message to everyone who is affected” is that “we’re all in this together.”

On a brighter note, the catastrophic storm has left the United States, and it is currently 100 miles off the coast of Massachusetts.

 “We were certainly expecting a lot of rain, but look at how quickly it came down, especially in cities like New York. Three, four inches in an hour that overwhelmed the infrastructure,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist John Feerick said.

New York’s Subway

As seen in a number of videos online, subways in New York are currently out of service as flooding has devastated railway tracks and underground infrastructure.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pausing most subway services as 21 areas across New York City continue to have flooding.

“Service across our system is extremely limited as we work to recover from last night’s heavy rainfall and flooding,” the MTA said in a notice on its website. “Arrivals and travel times in our apps and websites may not be accurate. Please avoid all unnecessary travel at this time.”

Pennsylvania Highways

Areas across Pennsylvania reported almost six inches of rain which resulted in flooded roads and overflowing creeks. In fact, the state issued a number of tornado warnings and thunderstorm watches.

The flooding of Schuylkill River led state officials to close the Vine Street Expressway and Schuylkill Expressway which are two major roads for commuters.

In the state, 40 children and a bus driver had to be rescued after being trapped in high-levels of water in Shaler Township just outside Pittsburgh.

New Jersey Airport And Public Transit

Horrific footage of flooding in Newark Liberty International Airport showed water rushing into baggage facilities, and airport officials announced that all flight activity as of 10:30 p.m. Thursday would be suspended.

“Due to the holiday weekend and the recovery from tropical storm Ida, please allow extra time when traveling through Newark Airport,” the airport said in a tweet.

At the moment, only a limited number of flights are available at New Jersey’s airport.

Ira Chandershekar

Ira is a 19 year-old student at University of Toronto with a passion for politics and human rights. She is thrilled to be featured as a writer for 6ixBuzzTV!
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