Governor Kathy Hochul urged residents not to get behind the wheel and not to leave the house unnecessarily.
The governor of the U.S. state of New York, Kathy Hochul, introduced a state of emergency on its territory due to heavy precipitation caused by the echoes of Hurricane Ida. The corresponding statement was published on Thursday on the Twitter of the head of the state.
“I am declaring an emergency mode to help the residents of New York who were affected by today’s storm,” she announced. The governor appealed to residents “not to get behind the wheel and not to leave the house unnecessarily.” The mayor of the megalopolis of the same name, Bill de Blasio, and the governor of the neighboring state of New York, New Jersey, Phil Murphy, decided to introduce an emergency mode earlier.
Earlier on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Monitoring Center announced a flood threat in the northeast of the United States due to the echoes of Hurricane Ida. The natural phenomenon, which experts now characterize as a post-tropical cyclone, is moving in a north-easterly direction at a speed of about 12.5 m / s, affecting New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. The wind speed within its limits does not exceed 18 m / s. Experts warn that the cyclone is accompanied by ” heavy precipitation and threatens to flood.”
A thunderstorm in New York has accompanied a downpour for several hours. TV channels showed footage of flooded streets, the movement of cars on major highways is blocked. The New York City Transportation Authority announced that most of the city’s subway system was temporarily suspended due to flooding. According to the portal poweroutage.us, more than 200 thousand electricity consumers in the northeast of the United States were de-energized.