Watch: State of Emergency in NYC Thanks to Extraordinary Flooding
Have you seen the amount of water overtaking New York City? These videos show the crazy amount of flooding that the Big Apple is experiencing due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The powerful hurricane battered New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, after making landfall on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Then the rest of the weather system traveled across the country, causing a ridiculous amount of rain in the 'city that never sleeps.'
The first female governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, declared a state of emergency on Thursday, September 2, due to how much rain water Tropical Depression Ida has dropped on NYC,
Torrential rainfall has resulted in flash flooding, power outages, travel disruptions and damage in impacted areas posing a threat to public health and safety. This State of Emergency eliminates potential hurdles for local response activities and provides the necessary tools to make sure New Yorkers can quickly and safely recover. I encourage New Yorkers in these affected areas to please pay attention to local weather reports, stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel during this time.
The state of emergency covers the following counties - Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.
I was on Instagram last night scrolling through my timeline and I saw so many videos of the flooding, including a guy on a pool raft floating in the water, smoking a hookah. These videos show just how much damage the storm has caused.
New York Subway Flooding Could Happen Again Due to Climate Change
This is the second time in as many months that NYC has flooded. According to The Guardian, the subways flooded after heavy rain hit the city from tropical storm Elsa on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The Guardian says that this might be the norm due to climate change.
According to Curbed,
Not only will there be more rain overall, it will fall more heavily over shorter periods of time. And when 1.5 inches of rain drops in just an hour onto a city made largely of concrete and other impermeable surfaces, all that water is going to gather and find somewhere to go — and that’s not necessarily going to be flood zones.
I hope that NYC can figure out how to solve the flooding problem. With so many politicians claiming that climate change isn't real, I can't really see the U.S. doing its part to stop it, so these weather phenomenons will likely be the norm.
The 7 Times Buffalo Was Surprisingly Affected by a Hurricane
Buffalo and Western New York have experienced the remnants of hurricanes over the years, albeit not quite as bad as what New York City has experienced recently.
When I researched how many times Buffalo has been 'hit' by a hurricane (within 150 miles), there were seven, according to Home Facts,
- Ernesto made landfall on September 1, 2006
- Frances made landfall on September 6, 2004
According to WBFO, National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve McLaughlin says Hurricane Frances was responsible for the rain,
This is very unusual for Western New York. This is the type of stuff that the East Coast usually sees -- a large low pressure area with a lot of precipitation. Usually, our heavy rains come from very localized thunderstorms. But this is a widespread storm that affected the entire area with similar amounts.
- Dennis made landfall on September 4, 1999
- Fran Made landfall on September 6, 1996
According to the Associated Press, Fran affected a game at the Univerity at Buffalo versus the University of Connecticut,
Leftover thunderclouds from Hurricane Fran poured all over the University of Buffalo Stadium as rain and mud amounted to a messy-looking game.
- Opal made landfall on October 4, 1995
- Hugo made landfall on September 22, 1989
Larry Elkin, President of Palisades Hudson recalls the damange Hurricane Hugo caused in Buffalo,
Hugo next traversed the Appalachians, weakening as it went but still bringing flooding rains to places that were not expecting it. It emerged near the Great Lakes, produced its last of about 110 total fatalities by dropping a tree onto a motorist near Buffalo, N.Y., and swirled across Lake Ontario — right into Toronto.
- Connie made landfall on August 12, 1955