Hurricane Ida, New York City, United States Flash Flood Emergency
New York City Flood Illustration
Netgenz - Politic International | Parts of New York City have reportedly been flooded after Hurricane Ida has hit the northeast coast of the United States over the past few days. At least three states in the northeastern United States were directly affected by Hurricane Ida, leaving some densely populated cities, including New York, under a Flash Flood Emergency warning until Wednesday (1/9) evening. The flash flood warning was issued for the first time in New York and covers the areas of New York, Brooklyn, and Queens. The US National Weather Service (NWS) also urged the city's 9.1 million residents to evacuate to higher ground to anticipate the threat of flash floods.
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Areas Affected by Hurricane Ida
"This is the first time we have had to issue an (emergency flash flood warning)," the NWS New York office said in a tweet. The NWS warning also urges residents to avoid puddles and flooded areas. NWS New York also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Queens and Brooklyn areas with threats of heavy rain and hail up to 60 mph. Meanwhile, tornado warnings were also issued for several areas such as Manhattan, the Bronx, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, to several cities in New Jersey. Power outages are also possible for residents in these areas due to heavy rains accompanied by strong winds.
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In line with the Mayor of Passaic, New Jersey, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, also declared a state of emergency in his city regarding this flash flood. "We had a serious situation in the last few hours, It's very crucial for residents to avoid the streets. People need to be safe and this will continue to be bad for at least the next few hours," Blasio said. On Twitter, a number of New Yorkers posted videos showing floodwaters dampening cars in the middle of the city's streets. Several sports cars and sedans were even seen floating due to being carried away by floodwaters.
A number of netizens also reported that some of the streets of New York City were closed due to flooding. Until now, there has been no news regarding how the operation of public transportation, especially the New York subway.
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