Hurricane Ida Toll Nears 60 As States Begin combing Debris

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The death toll in the United States from Hurricane Ida rose to 60 on Saturday, nearly a week after one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Americas made landfall in Louisiana. Two other residents of an evacuated nursing home have been confirmed to have died in the southern state.

In the northeastern states, many started Labor Day weekend digging through debris left by the rain that caused flooding and tornadoes on Wednesday and Thursday, killing at least 50 people and crippling transportation. public.

In New York, operators have promised to restore some suburban lines before the start of the work week on Tuesday.

In Louisiana, the confirmed death toll from the storm has risen to nine. With over a million without power, and many forced into long lines at gas stations, scrambling to find fuel for generators, anger has often heated up. Suppliers said most affected Louisiana residents, but not all, will have power back by the middle of next week.

The newly reported deaths involved residents of a nursing home evacuated to a warehouse in Tangipahoa parish which is currently under state investigation after reports of squalid conditions.

The state health department said, “This brings the death toll of nursing home residents evacuated to this facility to six. “

Authorities were also looking for a suspect after a man was shot dead in an argument Friday at a gas station in Metairie, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said.

“For someone to lose their life for getting gasoline is absolutely ridiculous,” Lopinto said.

The warm weather continued in Louisiana nearly a week after Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, knocking down trees and power lines with wind gusts of up to 172 mph.

By midweek, people were killed in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, where at least 26 people have died, the most of any state. Most drowned after vehicles were caught in flash floods.

The White House said Joe Biden will investigate storm damage in New York and Manville, New Jersey on Tuesday.

After visiting a flooded apartment complex on the banks of the Raritan River in Piscataway on Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy warned of the contaminants left behind.

“You have to imagine the worst,” he said. “If you’re in there, you want the windows and doors open. “

A record 3 inches of rain fell in one hour in New York on Wednesday night. As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 7 1/2 inches had fallen, according to the National Weather Service. Eleven people died in flooded basement apartments.

On Saturday, the city opened service centers in each district to connect people with accommodation, food and advice. Seventy-seven people displaced by the storm have been accommodated in hotels, Office of Emergency Management spokesperson Christina Farrell said.

In Connecticut, funeral arrangements have been made for Brian Mohl, a state police sergeant who was taken away with his vehicle while on duty at Woodbury.

The northeast may not be completely clear, with Hurricane Larry intensifying about 1,055 miles east of the Leeward Islands.

“Stronger swells could approach the northeast coast by the end of the week with Larry remaining offshore,” said meteorologist Bob Oravec, of the National Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.


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