Ida became the fifth strongest storm to hit the US when it reached Louisiana on Sunday as a hurricane, bringing maximum winds of 150 miles per hour and causing tens of billions of dollars in damage.
The dead include at least four people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Louisiana, two who died in Mississippi after heavy rain caused a highway collapse, and several people who died after their cars were carried away by flood waters, one of them is a Connecticut State Police Officer.
- 23 deaths in New Jersey
- 16 deaths in New York
- 11 deaths in Louisiana
- Two deaths in Mississippi
- Two deaths in Alabama
- Two deaths in Pennsylvania
- One death in Maryland
- One death in Connecticut
Many of those killed in New York were in flooded apartments, such as a family of three, including a baby, who did not have time to get out before the water rushed into their home.
Sophie Liu tried to stop the water in her apartment with towels and trash bags On the second floor, but after half an hour she rose to the level of her chest.
She escaped with her son, protecting him with a life jacket and an inflatable swimming ring.
According to her, the front door was jammed, but friends were able to open it from the outside.
Rainfall in New York City's Central Park broke a 94-year record and Newark, New Jersey, a 62-year record, the National Weather Service said.
Hundreds of cars were thrown on flooded highways, debris floated in the water, and the city's subway tunnels were overcrowded, and at least 17 trains were trapped.
The hurricane wreaked havoc on the Gulf coast when it was downgraded to tropical storm and then caused floods and at least 10 tornadoes, including one with 150 mph winds that destroyed homes in Mallika Hill, New Jersey.
Janine Zubrzycki, 33, hid in the basement with her three children as their house shook and said, "He just walked through the house and tore it apart … and then you could hear people crying."
Across the United States, a million homes were left without electricity and thousands of people were homeless.