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Nine dead as Ida wreaks unprecedented flooding across New York

Nine dead as Ida wreaks unprecedented flooding across New York
Deaths include a two-year-old boy and a number of people who became trapped in flooded basements

New York and New Jersey are under a state of emergency after historic rainfall, powerful winds and tornadoes from Storm Ida lashed the region.

At least nine people are dead in New York City and New Jersey including a two-year-old boy. A number of people died after being trapped in flooded basements, law enforcement said.

A 70-year-old man died after his vehicle was swept away by flood waters in Passaic, New Jersey. Firefighters in scuba gear attempted to reach trapped drivers in places where the water level reached up to six feet.

“His family was rescued, they were all in the same car. Ongelukkig, the car was overtaken by the waters, and the firefighters who were being dragged down under the vehicle were unable to get him out,” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora told CBS2.

Subway, train and bus services have been suspended across the city while cars were submerged in water on major New York roads like FDR Drive and the Bronx River Parkway. Hundreds of flights have been delayed at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports.

Subway riders were forced to climb on to seats as water gushed into carriages while heavy rain cascaded through the roofed stadium at the US Open tennis championships in Queens.

The devastating conditions pummelled New York after Ida slammed into Louisiana on Sunday as a Category-4 hurricane with winds of up to 150mph which left more than 1 million people without power.

The storm was downgraded but continued to wreak havoc with deluges across the country on its slow march north.

Ida is the joint-fifth strongest hurricane ever to make landfall amid what’s shaping up to be a highly active Atlantic season.

For the first time ever, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flash Flood Emergency for New York City and northeast New Jersey on Wednesday night. “Move to higher ground now! This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation,” the agency wrote.

The upgraded emergency status, over a regular flash flood warning, was due to the extreme level of rainfall – tot 10 inches over several hours, the NWS said.

In Manhattan’s Central Park 3.15 inches of rain fell in just one hour.

“These things are coming more frequently, they’re more intense, sadly more deadly and we’ve got to update our playbook,”New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy told Good Morning America op Donderdag.

The climate crisis is creating conditions which are driving more powerful, destructive storms like Ida, sê wetenskaplikes.

The latest United Nations climate report – the most authoritative, global assessment on klimaat science – reported last month that storms with sustained higher wind speeds, in the Category 3-5 reeks, have likely increased in the past 40 jare.

En soos die planeet warm word, more moisture is held in the atmosphere which means storms also bring the potential of a lot more rainfall.

“Within about 150km of the storm center, we expect average rain flux rate to increase about 7 per cent for every one degree Celsius of global warming,” Dr Tom Knutson, senior scientist with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, vertel Die Onafhanklike.

Global sea level rise is compounding the danger of storm surge. The sea level off New York’s coast is up to nine inches higher than it was in 1950.

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