Heavy rains and winds whipped through the tri-state area, initiating flash floods and bringing down trees in suburban neighborhoods. The inclement weather hit the Northeast prior to the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa, which previously battered Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and other East Coast states with winds that were between 45 and 65 mph. Elsa, downgraded from a Category 1 Hurricane on Tuesday, is projected to make landfall in parts of the Empire State on Friday morning.
Ocasio-Cortez used the weather emergency to promote her Green New Deal, a climate proposal that has been criticized as wasteful by conservatives and hailed by liberal lawmakers.
"'The Green New Deal, which is a blueprint to create millions of good jobs rebuilding infrastructure to stem climate change & protect vulnerable communities, is unrealistic,'" she wrote in response to a video of a woman wading through murky waters in a subway station. “'Instead we will do the adult thing, which is take orders from fossil fuel execs &make you swim to work.'"
The congresswoman, who appeared to blame climate change for the flash floods, also took the time to slam the filibuster, a Senate move that she has sharply criticized for stonewalling left-wing progress in Congress.
"I’m so glad the filibuster is here to fix this oh wait," she wrote in response to another video that depicted road flooding on the Deegan Expressway in New York City.
New York authorities may have been given an early warning of what Elsa may bring to the tri-state area. The tropical storm's winds were calculated between 45 and 50 mph, down from earlier in the week. Elsa has been blamed for at least one death in Jacksonville, Florida, after a fallen tree struck two cars on Wednesday.
A total of 10 people were injured at a Georgia Navy base on Wednesday after a tornado ripped through the complex's recreational vehicle park.
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Original Author: Jake Dima
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