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Elsa unleashes flash flooding, wind damage in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

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Elsa arrived in the Tri-State Area as a tropical storm late Thursday into Friday, battering the area with heavy rain and gusting winds before moving out to the northeast and weakening.

Sunshine emerged through stubborn clouds as Elsa hit New England as a post-tropical depression, but flash flood dangers in parts of the area have not yet receded.

The east end of Suffolk County was the last part of our area to experience a final band of rain and wind before the storm pulled away, but Connecticut also bore the brunt of the storm, with flooded roads trapping cars.

Police in Norwalk reported numerous vehicles disabled in standing water, and several road closures were also reported in Fairfield and Darien.

On Long Island, a WeatherFlow site near Jones Beach reported a wind gust of 47 miles per hour, while Calverton saw a gust of 64 miles per hour.

Rain totals were as high as 4 inches, and with all that water, of course, the flood risk was heightened across the region, especially on roadways, with the deluge coming less than a day after a line of thunderstorms socked roads and subways.

A tree fell onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn, but crews were able to safely remove it and get trains moving again early Friday.

Metro-North lines also were reporting delays as crews worked to remove branches, mudslides and other hazards from the tracks,

Earlier in the morning, Elsa brought lashing rains to New Jersey and a tornado warning.


Video: NJ prepares for damaging winds, flooding ahead of Elsa (ABC 7 New York)

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Although no damage was immediately reported, heavy rain and wind gusts up to 79 mph were reported in Sea Isle City.

A storm survey will be conducted in the areas of Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County, Somers Point in Atlantic County, and Woodbine in Cape May County to determine if any tornadoes touched down.

Governor Phil Murphy said Elsa was "not as bad as we feared...this thing could have been worse, and my guess is it won't be the last of the season."

Scattered power outages were reported across the area.

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