Hurricane Ida death toll nears 60 as states begin to comb through debris

The US death toll from Hurricane Ida rose towards 60 周六, nearly a week after one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US mainland made landfall in 路易斯安那州. Two more evacuated nursing home residents were confirmed to have died in the southern state.

In north-eastern states, many started the Labor Day holiday weekend digging through debris left by rain that brought floods and tornadoes on Wednesday and Thursday, 至少杀死 50 people and causing public transportation to grind to a halt.

In New York City, operators promised to restore some commuter lines before the start of the work week on Tuesday.

In Louisiana, the confirmed storm-related death toll rose to nine. With more than 1 million without electricity, and many forced into long lines at gas stations, scrambling to find fuel for generators, tempers often flared. Providers have said most but not all Louisiana residents affected will have power again by the middle of next week.

The newly reported deaths were among evacuated nursing home residents at a Tangipahoa Parish warehouse now under state investigation after reports of squalid conditions.

The state health department said: “This brings the death toll of nursing home residents evacuated to this facility to six.”

Authorities were also seeking a suspect after a man was shot dead during a dispute on Friday at a gas station in Metairie, said the Jefferson parish sheriff, Joseph Lopinto.

“For somebody to lose their life over getting gas is absolutely ridiculous,” Lopinto said.

Hot weather continued in Louisiana nearly a week after Ida made landfall as a category 4 hurricane, downing trees and power lines with wind gusts that reached 172mph.

In midweek, people were killed in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, where at least 26 people died, the most of any state. Most drowned after vehicles were caught in flash floods.

The White House said Joe Biden would survey storm damage in New York City and Manville, New Jersey, on Tuesday.

After touring a flood-wrecked apartment complex on the banks of the Raritan River in Piscataway on Saturday, the New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, warned about contaminants left behind.

“You have to assume the worst,“ 他说. “If you’re in there, you want to have windows and doors open.”

A record 3in of rain poured down in an hour in New York City on Wednesday night. By Thursday afternoon, nearly 7 1/2in had fallen, according to the National Weather Service. Eleven people died in flooded basement apartments.

On Saturday, the city opened service centers in each borough to connect people with housing, food and counseling. Seventy-seven people displaced by the storm were housed in hotels, Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Christina Farrell said.

In Connecticut, funeral arrangements were set for Brian Mohl, a state police sergeant who was swept away with his vehicle while on duty in Woodbury.

The north-east may not be completely in the clear, with Hurricane Larry intensifying about 1,055 miles east of the Leeward Islands.

“Higher swells could approach the north-east coast by the end of the week, with Larry staying offshore,” said meteorologist Bob Oravec, of the National Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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