New York’s flash flood emergency sees 1 fatality

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A state of emergency has been declared in several areas of New York following torrential rains, according to the US National Weather Service (NWS). Areas particularly affected include Orange, Putnam, and Rockland counties. The public is advised to avoid dangerous zones. The severe storms brought over 300 millimetres of rain, causing widespread damage.

The NWS has issued an emergency flood warning for several parts of New York covering areas like Orange, Putnam, and Rockland. Residents are advised to avoid travelling in risky points following extreme rainfall and a record-breaking rainfall of above 300 millimetres.

According to The New York Times, at least one person has lost their life due to the disastrous flooding. The victim, a woman in her thirties, was from the Orange County region. The reasons for her death remain unknown.

James Skoufis, a state senator representing Orange County, withheld the cause of the casualty. He said the woman was in her thirties, however, neither he nor the Orange County executive had details on the circumstances of her death.

The visuals from Orange County captured by a householder, Melissa Roberts, revealed the remarkable severity of flooding, with water levels reaching the knees and inundating cars in some parts. Estimates indicate that some areas experienced rainfalls extending up to 30 centimetres.

The NWS has issued a rarely-seen flash flood emergency, closing down major roads and recommending residents to defer travel. Police are actively engaged, disrupting traffic in certain areas, and issuing flood warnings to raise awareness and ensure public safety.

While the unfolding of torrential rains and catastrophic floods in parts of New York, the US National Weather Service issued an unusual flash flood emergency. Roads were closed, and residents were advised not to travel, underscoring the severity of the situation.

Meanwhile, Thailand continues to experience heavy rainfall in various regions due to eastward-moving monsoon air currents and southwestern monsoon winds that still cover the Andaman Sea, Thailand, and the Gulf of Thailand.

The adverse weather conditions have resulted in the need for vigilance against potential danger from intense and accumulated rainfall, which might lead to sudden floods and landslides, particularly in steep terrain near watercourses and low-lying areas. Read more about the weather over the next few days HERE.

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