On Tuesday (September 7), President Joe Biden traveled to New York and New Jersey to survey the damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The storm, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, dumped record-setting rains and spawned several tornadoes across the northeast, killing 50 people and causing extensive damage across the region.
President Biden will make stops in Manville New Jersey, and Queens, New York, where he will meet with first responders, local politicians, and the families impacted by the monster storm.
Biden warned of the threat that climate change poses while speaking to reporters in New Jersey.
"We're going to build back realizing what the status of the climate is now, what the trajectory of it is going to be, and ... we all know, we can't just build back to what it was before. Whatever damage was done in New Jersey, you can't build back and restore what it was before, because another tornado, another 10 inches of rain, is going to produce the same kind of results," Biden said while meeting with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, and other officials.
He said that it threatens everybody all across the country.
"Every part of the country is getting hit by extreme weather. And we're now living in real-time, what the country is going to look like. ...We can't turn it back very much — but we can prevent it from getting worse. And so we're all in this together," Biden added.