9/2/2021, 9:57 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Storm Ida wreaks havoc on New York

Heavy rain and flash flooding caused by storm Ida forced airport closures and state of emergency declarations in the states of New York and New Jersey on Thursday.

Major disruptions to transport have occurred with roads closed across Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan as well as hundreds of flights canceled at JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports. Wide-scale flooding in America's financial capital prompted New York governor Kathy Hochul to declare a state of emergency, with NYC's emergency notification body urging citizens to "take shelter NOW. Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter."

Ida has already torn through Louisiana on the weekend with over a million houses left without power, prompting plans for President Joe Biden to visit the state on Friday. The death toll from Ida stands at nine people, including a 19-year-old man from Maryland. The National Weather Services warned that the threat continues, with tornado watches still in effect across parts of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York State.

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