New York City has experienced a torrential downpour that has inundated parts of the city.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has said there are more than 1,600 water rescues under way across the state and more than 200 people have been taken to the hospital.
More than 1.5 metres of water have fallen in the city’s Staten Island, where thousands of people were evacuated after being flooded by heavy rains.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory evacuations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and New York.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said the state could get as much as 40 inches of rain in the next 24 hours.
The National Weather Service in Hoboken, New Jersey said there is a 40 per cent chance of more rain on Sunday.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue into the weekend and into Monday.
The state is in the midst of a massive cleanup effort after a massive landslide in New Brunswick last month.
Officials said the landslide is a significant and significant threat to public safety.
“It’s the worst storm in the history of the state,” said New Brunswick Governor Don Siegelman.
“The floodwaters are massive and it’s a challenge for the people to stay safe.”
Topics:weather,storm-event,weather-and-physical-trends,weather,weatherforce,climate-change,united-statesFirst posted April 07, 2019 18:58:24Contact Nicky SatterleeMore stories from New York