Natural disaster update
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At least 14 people died in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania because the remnants of Hurricane Ida poured out record rainfall, leading to flash floods in the area late Wednesday.
The floods forced the New York City subway system to stop operating, resulting in stranded passengers commuting at night. As of Thursday morning, services on most routes are still at least partially suspended, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority urges passengers to avoid unnecessary travel.
Newark Liberty International Airport Said It experienced “severe flooding”, cancelled more than 300 flights, and temporarily evacuated the air traffic control tower due to strong winds.
The tennis match at the US Open in New York was also interrupted because heavy rain broke through the retractable roof of the Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The Associated Press quoted the police as reporting that in New York, eight people were trapped in a flooded basement and died. The Associated Press said five other people were found dead in an apartment complex in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. According to reports, more people died outside Philadelphia.
Hurricane Ida Sign in On Sunday, Louisiana became a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the area since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Entergy, the largest power company in Louisiana, has resumed some services, but hundreds of thousands of customers are still in the dark, and those customers in the worst state, the disaster-affected areas, face weekly power outages.
The storm’s ability to destroy the most densely populated areas of the United States within a few hours shows that New York’s infrastructure is not prepared for stronger, wetter storms related to climate change.
Images of water pouring from the windows of parked cars, from the stairwells of subway stations, and pouring into the basements of houses were widely shared on social media.
The National Weather Service issued Unprecedented Shortly after 9 pm, a flash flood emergency occurred in New York City, indicating that water rescue operations had begun. The storm also broke the record for the most rainfall observed in a single hour in Central Park, with a rainfall of 3.15 inches. The previous record was set by Tropical Storm Henry less than two weeks ago.
On Thursday, a travel advice requiring non-emergency vehicles not to be on the road remained in effect.
Ida’s insurance blow is expected to be huge. Fitch Ratings predicted earlier this week that the total cost of insurance companies and reinsurers could be between US$15 billion and US$25 billion, which may exceed the impact of this year’s winter storm Uri, which devastated the state of Texas. The grid, but still far below the $65 billion blow from Katrina.
Karen Clark & Company, a disaster modeling company based in Boston, released a “preliminary estimate” of Ida’s $18 billion claim, which includes $40 million in the Caribbean and other losses related to wind and storms in the United States.
Insurance broker Aon said on Monday: “It will take months or longer for the financial view of this incident to be fully formed.” It added that the cost of uninsured will also be high, including damage to infrastructure and no Property covered by flooding.
The insurance industry has staggering After starting the worst year of natural disasters in 10 years, the effects of urban development and climate change together caused US$40 billion in losses in the first half of the year due to wildfires and winter storms. This was followed by more extreme weather in July, including flooding in Europe, which is estimated to be the most expensive weather event in the region in decades.
Additional report by Justin Jacobs in Houston