“We have not complete devastation but close to it. This is as bad as I've ever seen it.”
Bergen County Executive and former firefighter James Tedesco on extreme flooding in New Jersey.
sep 2, 2021
- On Wednesday night, the remainder of Hurricane Ida brought devastating flash flooding and record-breaking rains to the Northeast. The National Weather Service "declared a flash flood emergency in New York City for the first time," the New York Times reports.
- According to PowerOutage.US, a website that tracks data on outages across the country, as of Thursday morning there were over 150,000 homes without power across the region.
- Though the rain subsided Thursday morning in New York City, much of the the cities transportation systems have been suspended. The rain has also passed in Philadelphia, Maryland, and New Jersey - though waters are reportedly continuing to rise as rescue work continues.
Big Picture: This is a quickly developing story; at least 26 people have died from Maryland to New York. The heavy rainfall has broken records set over a week ago by Tropical Storm Henri. Many scientists account these extreme weather events, including the wildfires occurring across the West, to climate change and global warming. By Thursday morning, the storm had traveled to New England leaving some roads in Massachusetts underwater.
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