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The blows of Tropical Storm Ida have hit New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania hard, with heavy rains and flash floods that have killed at least 14 people.
Given this, the governors of these northwestern states of the United States declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, and the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said that the city is facing “a historic meteorological event” with “brutal floods” and “dangerous conditions” on the roads.
The National Weather Service of the United States affirmed that 3.15 inches (8 cm) of rain in Central Park in just one hour, which is a historical record.
Passaic City, New Jersey Mayor Hector Lora told CNN that the body of a man in his 70s was recovered from a vehicle that had been washed away.
What’s more, 5 people died in the same building in the city of Elizabeth.
In New York at least 8 people died in the borough of Queens, including a two-year-old boy, when they were trapped in the basements of their houses.
The nyc police has urged people to stay off the roads and the fire department has said it is responding to calls throughout the city.
Much of the city’s metro lines were closed and many train and flight services were suspended.
In the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, authorities said there were “multiple victims,” without confirming a number.
Impressive images showing water entering subway stations or houses have been viralized on social networks.
Ida has moved north through the eastern United States. Sunday hit the state of Louisiana, like a Category 4 hurricane.
Hundreds of thousands of homes in that state remain without power. The city of New Orleans It is under a night curfew.
Many factors can contribute to flooding, but a warm atmosphere caused by the climate change the probability of extreme rains increases.
The world has already warmed around 1,2 °C since the industrial age began and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments around the world make drastic cuts in emissions.
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