Sunday night, heavy rain in the Northeast caused at least one death, so the government issued a rare flash flood warning for much of New York City.
The warning was given for Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. New York City’s Emergency Management told people in basements to move to higher ground in messages posted on social media in more than one language.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a state of emergency for Orange County, which is 60 miles north of New York City. According to County Executive Steven Neuhaus, a woman in her 30s was swept away by fast-moving water as she and her dog tried to get to higher ground.
We didn’t know who the woman was.
Neuhaus said that the Village of Highland Falls, where the woman died, Fort Montgomery, and West Point were the hardest hit places. He said that there have been many reports of damage to property and people being stuck in cars.
On the western side of the Hudson River, the Town of Cornwall has declared a state of emergency and said in a statement that only emergency cars will be allowed to move around.
Hochul’s office said in a statement that 13,000 people in the state were without power. Many of them were in the Hudson Valley, which includes Orange County.
The tweet below verifies the news:
A summer storm was moving slowly over the Northeast, from Washington, D.C., to New England, prompting concerns for low-lying areas. https://t.co/lrlF7xLfif
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 10, 2023
Kristen Dyroff O’Dell, who lives in Fort Montgomery, said she is outside the town and can’t get in or out to see her husband and three young boys. She said that to get entry back, the National Guard was needed.
She said, “Right now, our town is completely cut off from the rest of the world because of mudslides, sinkholes, roads that have been washed away, flooding, crumbling brick walls, and more.” “Right now, I’m in Monroe at a friend’s house, away from my kids. I spent five hours trying different ways to get to Fort Montgomery. Every path was blocked.”
In other places, drone film from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, shows that people were rescued from the water when it flooded. Reading, Pennsylvania, was also hit by flooding.
The National Weather Service office for Washington, D.C., and Baltimore said Sunday evening that the storm was almost over in their areas, but the office for Philadelphia warned that there could be lightning and waterspouts along the New Jersey coast.
Most flights in the Northeast were going to be late. New York’s La Guardia Airport said that bad weather has stopped some flights. There were a lot of flight delays and cancellations at Boston Logan International Airport.
Airport officials told people to call their airline to find out the situation of their flight.
Amtrak said late Sunday night that there would be no more trains between New York City and Albany because of the weather.
In a prediction discussion, the weather service said that the heavy rain was caused by a strong summer cold front colliding with an unusual plume of tropical moisture.
It said that there was a chance of floods in Pennsylvania and New York on Sunday night and that this risk would move to New England on Monday.
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