A total of 46 people have been died in weather calamities caused by the “remnants” from Hurricane Ida, as torrential rains flooded the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
While Ida made a landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, it was downgraded to a storm as it moved inland.
Whatever remained of it, however, has proven to be extremely dangerous as it kept causing widespread devastation as it took a turn to the northeast.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Ida’s torrential rains caused extensive flooding in New York and New Jersey, and surrounding areas leading to people stranded in cars on highways and bodies discovered floating in basement apartments, according a report by The Daily Mail.
Almost all of the lines of the New York City subway were closed due to being flooded.
Ida, the fifth strongest hurricane to ever reach the US, hit Louisiana on Sunday, on the 16th anniversary since the devastating Hurricane Katrina.
In Louisiana, it left over 1 million people without power and some 600,000 without water, with the outrages still not fixed several days after the calamity.
At least nine people were killed by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, with 46 more now perishing in the Northeast where the remnants of Ida arrived on Wednesday night.
Thus, on Thursday, people in large parts of the tristate area plus Connecticut were dealing with power outages, flooded streets and basements, and damaged roofs.
The highest number of casualties seems to have been registered in New Jersey where at least 23 people have been reported dead as a result of the natural calamity; another 13 have died in New York City alone.
Late on Thursday, the White House announced that Democrat President Joe Biden had approved a declaration for an emergency situation in New Jersey and New York.
According to the National Weather Service, Storm Ida caused no fewer than 10 tornadoes between Maryland and Massachusetts.
One of those was a tornado moving at 150 mph which toppled silos and destroyed homes in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, to the south of the city of Philadelphia.
The NWS reported further that the debris from the destruction were pulled inside the twister and had gone up to a height of about 23,000 feet into the atmosphere before falling down to earth miles away from the pummeled area.
Oil reserves released
The White House announced that before he goes to Delaware for a long weekend, on Friday Joe Biden is going to visit LaPlace, some 35 miles west of New Orleans, Louisiana, to check out the damages first-hand.
As the hurricane affected the oil industry in Louisiana, on Thursday Biden’s Energy Secretary, Jennifer Granholm, authorized the release of 1.5 million barrels of oil to Exxon Mobil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to make up for the disruptions.