The remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 14 people in flooding in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as basement apartments suddenly filled with water, rivers and creeks swelled to record levels and roadways turned into car-swallowing canals.
Eight people died when they became trapped in flooded basements, New York City police say. Five people were found dead in an apartment complex in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the city’s mayor and spokesperson tells local media. Outside Philadelphia, officials reported “multiple fatalities,” saying no additional details were immediately available.
The ferocious storm also spawned tornadoes, including one that ripped apart homes and toppled silos in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, south of Philadelphia.