State of emergency with at least 9 dead in floods in New York and New Jersey

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THE governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency last night, Wednesday, September 1.

The governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency last night, Wednesday, September 1, as record-breaking rain from storm Ida caused flooding.

The media have reported at least nine deaths, a two-year-old boy is amongst those dead.

“I am declaring a state of emergency to help New Yorkers affected by tonight’s storm,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Twitter.

The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, described the weather and flooding last night as a “historic weather event”, with the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood emergency in New York City for the first time.

De Blasio urged people to stay home: “Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services get their work done. If you’re thinking of going outside, don’t. Stay off the subways. Stay off the roads. Don’t drive into these heavy waters. Stay inside”, he wrote on Twitter.

Almost all subway lines in New York City were suspended late last night as Ida brought torrential rain and tornadoes to parts of the northern mid-Atlantic, CNN reported.

All non-emergency vehicles were banned on New York City’s streets until 5am today because of the extreme weather, city authorities announced on Twitter.

Earlier last night, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also declared a state of emergency. He Tweeted that 81,740 power outages were reported late on Wednesday.


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Laura Kemp

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