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Multiple tornadoes tore apart homes in New Jersey and left hundreds of canceled flights at Newark and JFK airports, two of the main in the tri-state area, where the storms caused power cuts and floods in the streets and highways last night.
Two flash flood emergency alerts were issued last night: one in Northeast New Jersey –the first of the National Weather Service (NWS) in history for the region- and another for New York City, an hour later.
Since early yesterday, the NWS had warned of heavy rains and possible flooding in the region, due to the arrival of the weakened Category 4 Hurricane Ida which, after hitting the southern United States, was moving northward as a tropical depression, less than two weeks into the Historic rainfall from Hurricane Henri in New York.
Governors Kathy Hochul (NY) and Phil Murphy (NJ), and Mayor Bill de Blasio (NYC) declared a “state of emergency.” New Jersey residents took to social media last night awesome videos from tornadoes up to 40 mph, amid comments from fear.
As the images of flattened and destroyed homes in southeastern New Jersey circulated on social media, the NWS issued a tornado warning for NYC and the southern part of the county Westchester, to the city of New Rochelle.
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An emergency flash flood alert is issued in extremely rare situations when very heavy rains create a serious threat to human life, and catastrophic damage from a flash flood is happening now or will happen soon.
There were reports of “Multiple victims trapped” in Harrison Township, which includes Mullica Hill (NJ), the local fire department said, reported NJ.com, without specifying the number and conditions of those affected. Several school districts will be closed today in New Jersey.
Meanwhile, epic floods drenched all five NYC boroughs and forced the closure of the Metro and suburban trains, with reports of stations flooded by waterfalls formed in stairs and tunnels.
“We are enduring a historical weather event tonight with record rains throughout the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads, “summarized Mayor De Blasio, quoted by New York Post. “Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services do their job.”
The flood alert and do not go out was progressively extended until 5 am No rain is expected today in NYC, but strong gusts of up to 28 mph and average temperature of 75F (24C) for the day. Tomorrow Friday and Saturday are outlined sunny, and for him Sunday there is a 40% chance of rainfall at the moment.
Weather updates can be found here and on the website of the IT NY. Plus details here about the forecast in each county in New York and Jersey.
Footage shows devastating damage in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, after a tornado moved through the area. Remnants of Hurricane Ida are wreaking havoc across the Northeast. https://t.co/5nwItZ23l1 pic.twitter.com/GjbYJlsCxU
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.