Gov. Bill Murphy said Thursday on Twitter that 23 people have been killed in New Jersey. “It’s mainly about those who drowned in their vehicles. We mourn with relatives.”
In New York City, 13 people died due to a tropical storm, according to police, while three died in nearby Westchester. According to the NBC news channel, 11 people in New York died after being trapped in the basement of their home. Four people have died in the Philadelphia suburb of Connecticut after a police officer was killed when his car was towed into the water.
A state of emergency has been declared in New Jersey and New York.
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U.S. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in both New York and New Jersey on Thursday and will provide more support for rescuers from the federal government. Biden praised New York’s “heroic” firefighters for rescuing people from submerged subway stations.
Record rainfall was measured in the center of New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the storm and many of the floods in the city “historic.” Metro connections have also been submerged and trains and flights have been canceled due to the floods.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has called for infrastructure improvements in which she has already invested. He called on the insurers to deal with the claims quickly.
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