The New York City metropolitan area was struck by sudden disaster on Wednesday night as the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded subways, roads, and homes. At least 20 people were killed across the region, from Queens to Pennsylvania. Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency and has asked for federal help for the worst natural disaster to strike the area since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.
Death toll rises to 25 in New York Area
As New York and surrounding areas continue to evaluate the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ida, the death toll in the region keeps rising. As of Thursday afternoon, it stood at 25 in New York and New Jersey, per the New York Post.
At least 13 were dead in New York City, 11 of whom lived in basement apartments in Queens and Brooklyn. The victims’ ages ranged from 2 to 86. Another man, a rabbi, died near the Tappan Zee Bridge as he attempted to drive home to Mount Kisco, New York. And one person was found in their car on the Grand Central Parkway.
Twelve people were confirmed dead in New Jersey, including four in one apartment complex in Elizabeth.