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New York and Connecticut are hit with record-breaking rainfall as more than three inches falls

Heavy rain was pummeling the TriState area on Tuesday evening, with 65mph winds expected in Connecticut and Bridgeport airport breaking a rainfall record set in 1958.

On Long Island, the weather station in Ronkonkoma saw 3.33 inches of rain fall by Tuesday evening – smashing the previous daily record of 1.50 inches, set in 1981. In New York City, JFK airport also set a new record, with 2.05 inches of rain falling – the most since 2002.

Power company Con Edison, which supplies the region, said there were ‘scattered outages’ on Tuesday night, and urged people not to go near downed power lines.

As of Tuesday night, Massachusetts was beginning to feel the force, with Cape Cod and Boston being hit. The state was reporting about 11,000 power outages, as the storm brought down trees along the coast.

Times Square was crowded with people holding umbrellas on Tuesday as the storm rolled through

Some people, like the man seen here, sported a plastic poncho to protect themselves from the bad weather

Some people, like the man seen here, sported a plastic poncho to protect themselves from the bad weather

The streets of Times Square were flooded early on Tuesday morning

The streets of Times Square were flooded early on Tuesday morning

A person is seen in New York City in a raincoat and facemask on Tuesday as the storm hit

A person is seen in New York City in a raincoat and facemask on Tuesday as the storm hit

A pedestrian and cyclist make their way over the Williamsburg bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn in a heavy downpour on Tuesday

A pedestrian and cyclist make their way over the Williamsburg bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn in a heavy downpour on Tuesday

The easternmost part of Long Island, the southeastern corner of Connecticut and parts of coastal Massachusetts and coastal Rhode Island were under a high wind warning until Wednesday afternoon, with the National Weather Service cautioning that ‘widespread power outages are expected.’

The storm system was expected to linger through Wednesday morning.

Roads were flooded in some areas, causing misery for drivers trying to get home on Tuesday evening.

Flooding was reported along the Saddle River in Lodi, and for the Ramapo River – both in New Jersey – and, in New York, in Orange and Rockland Counties.

The Weather Service extended a flood warning in Warren County and Sussex County through Wednesday morning

The New York Police Department reported flooding that in some cases blocked traffic during rush hour on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a key traffic artery.

Residents and elected officials had feared a repeat of the flooding that plagued the Big Apple after Hurricane Ida, but fortunately the storm was far less severe. 

City streets throughout the five boroughs were swamped on Tuesday morning, however – stopping cars in their tracks, and making for a messy morning commute.  

Cars were left stuck in the flood water in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Tuesday as heavy rain hit the city

Cars were left stuck in the flood water in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Tuesday as heavy rain hit the city

One brave driver tried to brave the flood waters in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning

One brave driver tried to brave the flood waters in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning

A tree fell on top of a car in Jackson Heights, Queens on Tuesday as heavy rain and winds hit the city

An NYPD officer spoke to a New Jersey motorist as his car was stuck in Brooklyn on Tuesday

An NYPD officer spoke to a New Jersey motorist as his car was stuck in Brooklyn on Tuesday

A man was seen trying to bicycle through several inches of rain amid the flash flood warnings

A man was seen trying to bicycle through several inches of rain amid the flash flood warnings

A man sat outside his truck as he was unable to move through the Brooklyn streets

A man sat outside his truck as he was unable to move through the Brooklyn streets

Parts of New York City could see up to two to three inches of rain in the storm

Parts of New York City could see up to two to three inches of rain in the storm

The flooding forced several high-water rescues as rivers quickly reached their banks after the state received more than three inches by 7am, according to NJ.com

In Union Beach, New Jersey alone, CNN reports, there had been over a dozen water rescues throughout the night.

No injuries were reported in any of the rescues and no one has required any first aid or hospital care, Police Chief Michael J. Woodrow said.

‘Fortunately, our highly trained officers are able to reach traditionally inaccessible areas with these vehicles, especially when time is of the essence,’ he said. 

‘Our playbook was created from lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy as well as other meteorological events.’

He added that the town has also received ‘countless’ calls for service and multiple vehicles have been submerged in water, as state troopers reported they responded to 188 accidents and 81 motorist aid calls.  

Rutgers University, citing the threat of the storm, also asked instructors to move all of their classes online on Tuesday.

In New York City, though, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that custodial staff stayed overnight at 250 schools to prepare the buildings so that they could fully reopen.

He added that 450 sandbags were distributed in hard-hit areas of Queens to protect from flooding. 

A man was seen walking through Bushwick, Brooklyn with an umbrella as the torrential rain poured down

A man was seen walking through Bushwick, Brooklyn with an umbrella as the torrential rain poured down

Police had to close off a road where cars were stuck in the flood waters

Police had to close off a road where cars were stuck in the flood waters

A man trying to use a CitiBike got swept up in the flood waters in Brooklyn on Tuesday

A man trying to use a CitiBike got swept up in the flood waters in Brooklyn on Tuesday

City workers were seen trying to clear drains as vehicles were left stuck in the floods

City workers were seen trying to clear drains as vehicles were left stuck in the floods

Forecasters with AccuWeather said the storm had undergone a period of rapid intensification known as bombogenesis overnight on Monday, when the central pressure of the storm dropped by 0.71 of an inch of mercury or more over a 24-hour period to become a bomb cyclone. 

Tuesday’s storm was expected to produce the most rainfall in a day since Ida dropped more than seven inches of rain over the city last month, according to NBC News.

More than 40 people were killed in New York and New Jersey as a result of that storm. 

Workers used brooms and mops to clear the drains of fall leaves

Workers used brooms and mops to clear the drains of fall leaves

A man cycled through the flood water in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Tuesday

A man cycled through the flood water in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Tuesday

A woman walked through the flood waters in Brooklyn, which extended to the sidewalks

A woman walked through the flood waters in Brooklyn, which extended to the sidewalks

One man protected his shoes and legs with a trash bag in the heavy rains

One man protected his shoes and legs with a trash bag in the heavy rains

Women were seen getting onto an MTA bus on Tuesday morning, as service remained normal

Women were seen getting onto an MTA bus on Tuesday morning, as service remained normal

Part of the Times Square subway station was roped off on Tuesday due to rain water leaking from the ceiling

Part of the Times Square subway station was roped off on Tuesday due to rain water leaking from the ceiling

Cars skidded through flooded waters on Union Turnpike in Queens on Tuesday morning

Cars skidded through flooded waters on Union Turnpike in Queens on Tuesday morning

Traffic on Union Turnpike built up on Tuesday morning as people tried to get to work in the storm

Traffic on Union Turnpike built up on Tuesday morning as people tried to get to work in the storm

MTA crews were working to clear drains and check pumps to ensure subways are not flooded.

Transit leaders have also deployed teams to 50 key locations, including in Uptown Manhattan and the Bronx, which saw some of the worst flooding when Hurricane Ida passed through the area over the summer.

The MTA did not report any widespread service delays or cancelations on Tuesday. 

The New Jersey Transit, though, suspended service between three stops on one of its lines due to ‘weather-related conditions,’ and ridesharing services Uber and Lyft implemented surge pricing during the storm.

Those with scheduled flights were advised to check their airlines and flights to see if there are any delays or cancellations.

As of Tuesday morning, LaGuardia airport had reported 14 flight cancelations over the last 24 hours, Newark Airport reported 32 cancelations and John F. Kennedy International Airport reported nine cancelations.  

People with umbrellas walked in the rain and steam  in Manhattan on Tuesday morning

People with umbrellas walked in the rain and steam  in Manhattan on Tuesday morning

A woman was seen smoking a cigarette while holding an umbrella during the nor'easter

A woman was seen smoking a cigarette while holding an umbrella during the nor’easter

A person with an umbrella was seen trying to protect herself from the heavy rains

A person with an umbrella was seen trying to protect herself from the heavy rains

A woman used an umbrella to shield her face from the rain and the wind

A woman used an umbrella to shield her face from the rain and the wind

One New Yorker took advantage of the situation, selling umbrellas to unlucky commuters

One New Yorker took advantage of the situation, selling umbrellas to unlucky commuters

New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared states of emergency on Monday ahead of the storm. 

‘I am proactively declaring a State of Emergency to ensure we can provide the necessary resources to respond to this storm and protect lives and property in regions where the forecast is calling for significant rainfall,’ Hochul announced. 

‘I am encouraging New Yorkers to prepare now for inclement weather expected over the coming days and urging commuters to take precaution ahead of heavy rainfall expected tomorrow morning.’ 

Low clouds shrouded the skyline of Lower Manhattan in New York City on Tuesday, as a man in Hoboken, New Jersey walked in the torrential rain

Low clouds shrouded the skyline of Lower Manhattan in New York City on Tuesday, as a man in Hoboken, New Jersey walked in the torrential rain

A woman ran in the rain along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, surrounded by seagulls who were waiting out the storm on Tuesday

A woman ran in the rain along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, surrounded by seagulls who were waiting out the storm on Tuesday

People walked, ran and cycled in the rain as a Nor'easter storm passes through the New York and New Jersey area

People walked, ran and cycled in the rain as a Nor’easter storm passes through the New York and New Jersey area

A van was seen driving through a heavily-flooded street in Hoboken, New Jersey on Tuesday

A van was seen driving through a heavily-flooded street in Hoboken, New Jersey on Tuesday

Flooding was widespread in Hoboken, New Jersey - across the river from New York City

Flooding was widespread in Hoboken, New Jersey – across the river from New York City

A man stood in the middle of a flooded street as the storm made its way through the northeast

A man stood in the middle of a flooded street as the storm made its way through the northeast

A couple gathered under a 'We Love NY' umbrella in Times Square during the storm

A couple gathered under a ‘We Love NY’ umbrella in Times Square during the storm

Connecticut did not issued a state of emergency but flash flood warnings were set for the entire state. 

Governor Ned Lamont tweeted rainstorm and flash flood safety tips. 

The state of Massachusetts issued a severe weather alert and informed their residents of an expected timeline of the storm and its effects.

Crews in the state were beginning to clear out catch basins on Tuesday to help get rid of all the leaves caked in the grates, Boston 25 News reports, and are urging people to bring in their Halloween decorations. 

A person wearing a poncho struggled with their umbrella amid the high winds Tuesday morning

A person wearing a poncho struggled with their umbrella amid the high winds Tuesday morning

A woman walked under an umbrella as she is struck by a gust of wind in Brooklyn

A woman walked under an umbrella as she is struck by a gust of wind in Brooklyn

Rain came down heavily as people tried to cross the street in Brooklyn on Tuesday

Rain came down heavily as people tried to cross the street in Brooklyn on Tuesday

The city was lined with people using colorful umbrellas, like the ones seen here in Brooklyn

The city was lined with people using colorful umbrellas, like the ones seen here in Brooklyn

An NYPD officer wore rain gear while helping to direct traffic in Brooklyn during an autumn nor'easter on Tuesday

An NYPD officer wore rain gear while helping to direct traffic in Brooklyn during an autumn nor’easter on Tuesday

A multi-day severe storm currently in the Midwest, where it has impacted more than 50 million people, added to the storm, and will be joined by a second storm, a Nor’easter, forming off the Atlantic coast later this week. 

‘Whatever sun you get on Thursday, enjoy it,’ David Roth, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center, told Bloomberg.  

Both the West Coast (left) and the East Coast (right) are facing heavy rains and devastating winds throughout the week

Both the West Coast (left) and the East Coast (right) are facing heavy rains and devastating winds throughout the week

Another storm could wreck Halloween plans for some, as a system currently ravaging the West Coast with torrential rains could combine with wild winds in the East Coast and hit the area on Friday.   

A massive storm barreled toward Southern California on Monday after flooding highways, toppling trees, cutting power to about 380,000 utility customers and causing rock slides and mud flows in areas burned bare by wildfires across the northern half of the state.

Drenching rains and strong winds accompanied the weekend arrival of an atmospheric river — a long plume of Pacific moisture — into the drought-stricken state.

Rainfall records were shattered and heavy snow pounded high elevations of the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service issued numerous flash flood warnings.

There were widespread power outages in Northern California, with Pacific Gas & Electric reporting Sunday evening that about 130,000 customers did not have electricity, though the utility said power had been restored to about 250,000 customers.

A Category 5 atmospheric river brought heavy precipitation, high winds and power outages to the San Francisco Bay Area. The storm brought more than 3 inches of rain to many parts of the area. Pictured: A pedestrian walks on a flooded street on October 24, 2021, in Kentfield, California

A Category 5 atmospheric river brought heavy precipitation, high winds and power outages to the San Francisco Bay Area. The storm brought more than 3 inches of rain to many parts of the area. Pictured: A pedestrian walks on a flooded street on October 24, 2021, in Kentfield, California

Flooding was reported across the San Francisco Bay Area, closing streets in Berkeley, inundating Oakland’s Bay Bridge toll plaza and overflowing rivers in Napa and Sonoma counties.

‘It’s been a memorable past 24 hours for the Bay Area as the long talked-about atmospheric river rolled through the region,’ the local weather office said. 

‘We literally have gone from fire/drought conditions to flooding in one storm cycle.’

The weather service called preliminary rainfall totals ‘staggering,’ including 11 inches at the base of Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais and and 4.02 inches in downtown San Francisco.

‘It looks like [Sunday] was the 4th wettest day ever for downtown SF where records go back to the Gold Rush years,’ the weather service said. 

Flooding was reported across the San Francisco Bay Area, closing streets in Berkeley, inundating Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza and overflowing rivers in Napa and Sonoma counties. Pictured: A couple pushes a vehicle away from a flooded area as a powerful storm drenched northern California in Fairfield, California, 45 miles in between Sacramento and San Francisco

Flooding was reported across the San Francisco Bay Area, closing streets in Berkeley, inundating Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza and overflowing rivers in Napa and Sonoma counties. Pictured: A couple pushes a vehicle away from a flooded area as a powerful storm drenched northern California in Fairfield, California, 45 miles in between Sacramento and San Francisco

Rainfall records were scattered throughout most areas between San Francisco and Sacramento throughout the weekend. Pictured: A minivan sits stranded on a flooded street on October 24, 2021, in San Rafael, California, 28 miles north of San Francisco

Rainfall records were scattered throughout most areas between San Francisco and Sacramento throughout the weekend. Pictured: A minivan sits stranded on a flooded street on October 24, 2021, in San Rafael, California, 28 miles north of San Francisco

The same storm system also slammed Oregon and Washington state, causing power outages that affected tens of thousands of people. Two people were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle in the greater Seattle area.

In California’s Colusa and Yolo counties, state highways 16 and 20 were shut for several miles because of mudslides, the state Department of Transportation said Monday.

Burn areas remain a concern because land devoid of vegetation can’t soak up heavy rainfall as quickly, increasing the likelihood of flash flooding. 

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