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‘Isaias’ hammers East Coast

Agence France-Presse



WASHINGTON, D.C., United States (AFP) — Tropical storm “Isaias” pounded the US eastern seaboard with driving rain and strong winds on Tuesday, cutting power to millions of households and felling trees, including in New York.

At least one person was killed in New York City after a tree fell on their car, while another was critically injured by a falling branch, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Wind gusts up to 80 kph wreaked havoc across eastern states, littering streets with debris, closing roads and forcing the cancellation of scores of flights.

Public transport services were also briefly suspended including New York’s famous Staten Island ferry.

In New Jersey, where Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency ahead of “Isaias’s” arrival, video footage showed a roof being torn off a house as residents were told to stay indoors amid a threat of tornadoes.

“Isaias” quickly moved up the East Coast after slamming into the coast of North Carolina overnight with hurricane strength before being downgraded to a tropical storm.