New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a State of Emergency tonight due to the flooding.
“We are enduring a historic weather event tonight with record city-wide rainfall, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,” he posted on his Twitter account.
De Blasio asked people not to go outside tonight so that the emergency services can do their job.
“If you are thinking of going out, don’t do it. Stay away from the subway. Stay off the roads. Don’t drive into these troubled waters. Stay indoors, ”he added.
The mayor reported that around 5,300 users are without electricity and that they expect the heavy rains to stop in the next few hours.
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Storm Larry grows stronger and may turn into a hurricane tonight
Larry, the 12th tropical storm of this Atlantic hurricane season, continues to strengthen south of the Cape Verde Islands in Africa, and may become a hurricane tonight and by Friday it will be a major hurricane.
The system has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km / h) and is located over the eastern Atlantic, 595 kilometers (370 miles) west-southwest south of the Cape Verde Islands.
Larry is traveling west at 35 km / h (22 mph).
Forecasters forecast a westward movement through Thursday, followed by a progressive west-northwest shift on Thursday night and Friday.
Tropical storm-intensity winds extend up to 110 kilometers (70 miles) from the center, the United States’ National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted in its most recent bulletin.
The Miami-based NHC expects Larry to “continue to strengthen in the coming days,” so that it could become a hurricane tonight and reach the major cyclone category on Friday (3, 4 or 6 on the intensity scale of Saffir-Simpson, out of a maximum of 5).
Larry is accompanied today by the now post-tropical cyclone Ida, which is moving towards the northeast of the United States, leaving heavy rains in its wake, and the tropical depression Kate, “poorly organized”, which is moving across the Atlantic and is expected to soon disappearance.
Ida has maximum sustained winds of about 55 km / h (35 mph) and still poses risks of heavy rains and subsequent flooding, as well as tornadoes, in the Northeast.
The passage of Hurricane Ida, now degraded, has left at least 6 dead, massive power cuts, floods and extensive damage in Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, although it seems that it has not reached the severity that was feared, in large part thanks to the reconstructed levees of the New Orleans area.
The system was about 60 kilometers (35 miles) east of Hagerstow, Maryland and about 55 kilometers south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Forecasters are warning of flash floods and floods for parts of the central Appalachians, the mid-Atlantic and southern New York and New England.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts that the current Atlantic hurricane season will have above-average activity.
So far this year, four hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin — Elsa, Grace, Henri and Ida — of which Grace and Ida reached the highest category.
With information from Efe.
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