Multiple People Killed After Remnants of Hurricane Ida Hit the Northeast

By: Alyssa Wilson

The remnants of Hurricane Ida, which devastated the south, caused significant damage in the Northeast, resulting in several deaths.  

At least nine people were killed as several inches of rain fell per hour and strong winds caused damage, CNN reported.  

In Kathy Hochul’s first major weather event as the new Governor of New York, she declared a state of emergency. The weather prompted New York City to receive its first flash flood emergency in the history of the city. This was only the second time a severe weather declaration was issued in the state of New York, according to The New York Times 

RELATED: Ida Becomes Tropical Storm as it Passes Through Mississippi 

“New York is used to disasters, but you cannot imagine how much rain fell out of the heavens last night,” Hochul said. “There’s going to be a massive cleanup. I would urge people to stay home, check on your neighbors, make sure they’re OK.”  

Most of the deaths were people who were found in their flooded homes, including a two-year-old boy who was found with a 50-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman in a New York City residence. In Passaic, New Jersey, a man was found dead after floodwaters overpowered the vehicle he was driving.  

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also declared a state of emergency, saying, “We will use every resource at our disposal to ensure the safety of New Jerseayans. Stay off the roads, stay home, and stay safe.” 

About 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, a tornado touched down in New Jersey’s Mullica Hill community, damaging homes. A tornado was also reported in Annapolis, Maryland. 

Before its remnants pounded the Northeast, Hurricane Ida caused significant damage in Louisiana and Mississippi as a Category 4. The storm made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  

Related: Hurricane Ida Grows to Category 4 Storm Before Hitting Louisiana 

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