New York, New Jersey Floods Kill 14
At least 14 people are dead after floods and tornadoes hit the northeast US.
At least 14 people died in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania following the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
Eight of the victims were in New York City, including a two-year-old boy. Some were reported dead after being trapped in flooded basements.
More deaths are expected in Philadelphia, where officials have reported “multiple fatalities,” with no further detail.
The remaining five died in New Jersey, in the same apartment complex in the city of Elizabeth.
"Oh my God! This is terrible.": Footage shows multiple drivers stranded and screaming for help in their vehicles in Yonkers, New York on Wednesday after getting caught in flash floods that pummeled parts of New Jersey and New York. pic.twitter.com/lKAR6ZUJX2— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 2, 2021
The governors of New York and New Jersey urged residents to stay home as crews worked to clear roadways and restore service to subways and commuter rail lines.
"It is not safe to drive," New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter. "Our crews are working to clear and open roads, and we need everyone to stay off them so crews can safely do their job."
Please stay off the roads.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) September 2, 2021
Many roads remain flooded this morning. It is not safe to drive. Our crews are working to clear and open roads, and we need everyone to stay off them so crews can safely do their job.
Ida's remnants brought 15 to 20 cm of rain to a swath of the Northeast from Philadelphia to Connecticut and set an hourly record of 3.15 inches for Manhattan, breaking the previous one that was set less than two weeks ago, the National Weather Service reported.
The rain that fell in NYC yesterday, Wednesday, was the city's fifth-highest daily amount at 7.13 inches.
“Right now my street looks more like a lake,” said Lucinda Mercer, 64, as she peered out her apartment window in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from New York.
The hit to the region came three days after Category 4 Ida hurricane hit southern Louisiana.