Philadelphia Highway Flooded After Ida Moves Through

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U.S.|A road successful Philadelphia is nether h2o aft the tempest moved through.

Vehicles successful  Philadelphia were submerged by floodwaters connected  Thursday from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
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  • Sept. 2, 2021Updated 9:31 a.m. ET

Before torrential rainfall and flooding triggered a authorities of exigency successful New York City, the tenacious remnants of Hurricane Ida traveled done the Mid-Atlantic connected Wednesday, spawning respective tornadoes successful Maryland and overtopping a dam successful cardinal Pennsylvania.

As the stormy upwind moved northeast, it prompted a drawstring of tornado warnings and watches crossed parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The National Weather Service successful Baltimore warned that precocious winds could origin harm to houses and mobile homes, and asked residents successful the southeastern portion of the authorities to instrumentality cover.

By Thursday morning, the harm the tempest has caused crossed Philadelphia had go disposable with the archetypal rays of sunlight. A information of the Vine Street Expressway, a large road moving done the halfway of the city, was submerged. The Schuylkill River had flooded, covering adjacent roadways, rendering them impassable and immoderate cars crossed the metropolis appeared to beryllium nearly wholly nether water. The wide flooding had caused delays and cancellations successful the city’s nationalist transit system.

Ron Harper, 87, said connected Thursday greeting that helium was confined to his 14th-floor flat successful a gathering adjacent the flooded Schuylkill River. He was told by gathering absorption that they would halt moving elevators determination due to the fact that the waters were continuing to emergence successful a store that serves the building.

“There are 2 levels of parking, and the h2o was rushing into that — I could spot erstwhile I was retired walking,” Mr. Harper said.

The National Weather Service reported astatine slightest four tornadoes had touched down successful Maryland connected Thursday nighttime and 1 adjacent Mullica Hill, N.J.

Mitchelle Stephenson, a spokeswoman for Annapolis, said a tornado that landed adjacent the metropolis had near astir 2,500 residents without power, and that the metropolis had received reports of fallen trees. The occurrence and constabulary departments had closed streets to measure the damage, according to Ms. Stephenson, who said nary injuries had been reported.


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Forecasters were acrophobic astir flooded rivers, and Wilmore Dam successful cardinal Pennsylvania was “overtopping” astatine 1 constituent with astir 3 feet of rainwater, said John Banghoss, a meteorologist with the Weather Service successful State College, Pa. About 42,000 residents were ordered to determination to higher ground.

A flash flood exigency was issued for northeastern Chester County, northwestern Delaware County, and Montgomery County successful southeastern Pennsylvania. The Weather Service said it had received reports of rainfall totals of 4.5 to 7 inches.

The tempest was moving into New England, which was antecedently deed by Henri and Elsa this summer. Henri, which made landfall successful southwestern Rhode Island connected Aug. 22 arsenic a tropical storm, sent lashing bands of rainfall crossed overmuch of New England.

By Thursday morning, between 3 to 5 inches of rainfall flooded roads crossed Massachusetts. Tornado watches were successful effect until 7 a.m. successful Nantucket, Provincetown and different parts of Massachusetts.

“It’s going to driblet dense rainfall earlier it leaves,” Dan Thompson, a meteorologist with the Weather Service, said.

Reporting was contributed by Jon Hurdle, Isabella Grullón Paz, Eduardo Medina, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Ashley Wong and Tiffany May.

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