New Yorkers clean up after flash floods

Residents of New York and the areas around it are still cleaning up, more than a day after a storm slammed into them. What was left of Hurricane Ida dropped record amounts of rain, more than 18 centimeters in some areas. More than 40 people were killed.

NHK World's Sam Suzuki reports.

New Yorkers are used to seeing storms blow through at this time of year.?They had just cleaned up from a tropical storm. The remnants of Hurricane Ida have left roadways underwater, subway stations flooded, and people in distress.

In the state of New Jersey, the storm spawned a tornado that leveled a neighborhood. And flooding forced some people onto their rooftops.

A resident of New Jersey said, "It was coming into the house, into the kitchen, into my living room and then everything was just sort of rising up fast."

Train lines still weren't running on time when people got up. Commuters had to look for other ways to get to work.

This was a storm unlike any residents have ever seen. Officials at the National Weather Service office issued their first-ever Flash Flood Emergency for parts of New Jersey. Then, an hour later, they issued another for New York.

Hurricane Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana on Sunday, exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina.

President Joe Biden said, "We know that there is much to be done in this response on our part. We need to get power restored. We need to get more food, fuel, and water deployed."

Biden will visit Louisiana to look at the damage first-hand. He has acknowledged that these storms are now the norm. But he will be challenged to reassure people that everything will be alright.