At Least 48 People Dead in the Northeast After Flooding and Tornadoes Caused by Remnants of Hurricane Ida

First responders pull local residents in a boat as they perform rescues of people trapped by floodwaters after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain, flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northeast in Mamaroneck, New York, Sept. 2, 2021. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

So far in the Northeast, at least 48 deaths have been attributed to the storm. Overall, there have been at least 61 deaths across eight U.S. states related to Ida.

Here are the key developments:

  • 9 confirmed tornadoes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland
  • Trooper dies in Connecticut
  • Biden speaks on hurricane response
  • At least 13 dead in New York City
  • At least 25 dead, at least six missing in New Jersey

President Joe Biden approved New York and New Jersey emergency declarations due to the storms and spoke on Ida’s damage in the Northeast Thursday afternoon, citing that New York recorded more rain Wednesday “than it usually sees the entire month of September.”

“People were trapped in the subways. But the heroic men and women of the New York Fire Department rescued all of them. They were trapped,” Biden said.

He said he’s made it clear to East Coast governors that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is “on the ground” and ready to provide assistance.

New York

A flash flood emergency was declared for the first time in New York City as subway stations were turned into waterfalls and Midtown streets became rivers. The state of New York and New York City each declared states of emergency.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday morning the death toll in the Big Apple was nine. That number rose to 13 by the evening.

“We saw a horrifying storm last night. Unlike anything we’ve seen before,” de Blasio said. “Unfortunately the price paid by some New Yorkers was horrible and tragic.”

At least 11 people who died in the storm died in their basement apartments, de Blasio said Thursday.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Mark Osborne, William Mansell, Rosa Sanchez, Marlene Lenthang, and Meredith Deliso

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