New Jersey explosions, fires rock communities already shaken by Ida flooding: reports

Hurricane Ida death toll climbs to 46

Fox News’ Steve Bender reports on the record rainfall from Ida ahead of President Biden’s trip to survey damage in Louisiana.

An explosion in Rahway and several fires in Manville further devastated an already-battered New Jersey on Thursday and Friday after Ida brought deadly flooding and tornadoes to the state. 

Images and video posted to social media show black smoke billowing from a Manville home surrounded by murky floodwaters, and nighttime video footage captured the moment a Rahway house was reduced to rubble in a massive explosion. 

The explosion in Rahway wasn’t the only one and Twitter users said and a Manville banquet hall explosion shook their homes.

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    Home in Manville, New Jersey burns to the ground amid major flooding following Ida’s passage through the state. (WNYW)

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    A home in Rahway, New Jersey exploded amid major flooding during Ida’s passage through the state. (WNYW)

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    Home in Manville, New Jersey burns to the ground amid major flooding following Ida’s passage through the state. (WNYW)

“My biggest concern right now is that folks have to appreciate the fact that while the weather may be good and while the floodwaters may have receded, we’re still not out of the woods,” the governor said.

“And, at the same time, we mourn the loss of those lives,” Murphy said, “And, we’re going to clean up, and we’re going to stay together and we’ll get back on our feet, but it may be a long road.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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