More heavy rain fell across the tri-state area Monday amid a bout of wet weather that has already dumped sheets of water on the region, flooding some areas, stranding motorists on waterlogged highways and leaving thousands without power.
Pockets of heavy rain fell Monday afternoon and evening, along with isolated thunderstorms, which Storm Team 4 says could cause more flash flooding in areas already saturated by Sunday's deluge. Flash flood watches or warnings remain in effect for the entire tri-state region amid a cold front that kept temperature below 60 degrees in midtown for most of the first day of June.
Flooding was reported Sunday in Newark and Hoboken, where several cars were seen stuck on flooded streets. Officials in Newark started warning people to not eat fish that were caught on found in flooded sewers, rivers, streams and ponds after heavy rains doused the city. They urged people to not trap, catch or eat any fish caught on the streets because it's unclear how "exposure to elements outside of their natural domains will affect them."
In Flanders, a lightning strike outside a bedroom damaged an apartment building and started a fire. No injuries were reported.
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The wet weather disrupted flights in and out of the region's major airports, stranding thousands of travelers including performers for the Broadway musicals "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."
As many as 10,000 homes and businesses lost power during the storm, which was blamed for several accidents, including one on the New Jersey Turnpike involving Giants punter Steve Weatherford. Weatherford was not injured, but he said his rental car was "totaled."
In New York City, flooding closed the Long Island Expressway in both directions at Utopia Parkway in Queens and an entrance ramp on the Jackie Robinson Parkway at Union Turnpike.
High water slowed traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and delayed some Staten Island Railway service.
The region should begin to dry out Tuesday, Storm Team 4 says. Temperatures return to the 70s amid mostly sunny skies Wednesday and stay that way through the remainder of the work week. After that, a high pressure system will bring cool, sunny conditions through the weekend.