The city declared itself in an emergency. They fear that the number will rise as authorities collect data in different towns.
At least 43 people have died due to torrential rains, floods, and strong winds as the remnant of Hurricane Ida passed through the northeastern United States, most in New Jersey, according to the latest accounts from the authorities collected by the media. Local.
"I am saddened to report that, at this time, at least 23 New Jerseyans have lost their lives in this storm," New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy told reporters.
New York City police said 15 people died, while three others died in the Westchester suburb, authorities said. Three people were also killed near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, an official there confirmed.
The floods have forced thousands of people to evacuate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which has now turned into a hurricane, has caused in the area, with rains that the authorities have described as historic and set records.
The basements of the buildings were flooded, trapping people in their homes, as in the case of a 22-year-old man and his mother who died in a Queens basement, according to the ABC7 channel, or of an older man who was in his vehicle in Passaic, NJ.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who declared a state of emergency Wednesday night, told a news conference Thursday that US President Joe Biden has offered federal assistance to assess the damage and called on damaged homes and businesses to "get the money out" as soon as possible.
"We are suffering a historical meteorological event with rains that are breaking records throughout the city, with brutal floods and dangerous conditions on the roads," warned the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, on social networks.
The storms are part of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which, already downgraded to a storm, has crossed the eastern part of the country since It entered the states of Mississippi and Louisiana, where it caused severe flooding and at least six deaths.
Both De Blasio and Kathy Hochul pointed out that much more rain fell than expected in a few hours, which has left the region in a "terrible situation."
Hundreds of flights were canceled at nearby LaGuardia and JFK airports and Newark, where the video showed a flooded terminal.
The floods have closed major highways in several boroughs, including Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens.
Streets were turned into rivers and the city's metro stations were flooded. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that services were effectively closed.
They don't know how deep the water is, and it's too dangerous," the New York branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a tweet.
The NWS recorded 80 millimeters of rain in Central Park in just one hour, the highest amount ever recorded in the area.
The city had earlier issued a rare flash flood emergency warning urging residents to move to higher ground.
"Significant and life-threatening flash flooding is likely from the Mid-Atlantic to southern New England," the NWS said in a bulletin, adding that three to eight inches of rain could soak the region through Thursday.
In Annapolis, 30 miles (50 km) from the US capital, a tornado uprooted trees and knocked down a power pole.
The constant threat of a tornado.
The NWS has warned that the hurricane threat will continue, with a hurricane alert for southern Connecticut, northern New Jersey and parts of southern New York.
"This is a perilous and life-threatening flash flood ongoing in Somerset County, as well as others in the area," the NWS account for the greater Philadelphia area tweeted Wednesday night, along with video from a car trapped in churning water.
The base is expected to continue to move north and bring heavy rains to New England on Thursday, which was also hit by a rare tropical storm in late August.
US President Joe Biden will travel to Louisiana on Friday, where Ida destroyed buildings and cut off power to more than a million homes.
Hurricanes are common in the southern United States. Still, scientists have warned of an increase in storm activity as the ocean surface warms due to climate change, posing an increasing threat to the world's coastal communities.