AA / Istanbul
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency amid heavy rainfall in the city and surrounding areas as Hurricane Ida approaches.
“I declare a state of emergency to help New Yorkers affected by tonight’s storm,” Hochul wrote on Twitter Thursday.
She called for “staying off the road and avoiding non-essential travel.”
Bad weather also prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a “ground stop” decision at all three New York airports.
Hurricane Ida, which hit the coast of Louisiana, continued its course at a speed of 241 km per hour. According to the meteorological service, it is a hurricane of “category 4: hurricane important and very dangerous”.
After causing damage in Louisiana, the hurricane moved eastwards, accompanied by storms, and reached the state of New Jersey, where it killed at least one person and drowned cars in the streets of the American city of Bayonne.
A state of emergency was declared late Wednesday evening by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour
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