New York and New Jersey issue states of emergency ahead of storm

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Residents in New York and New Jersey should prepare for an incoming nor'easter storm, state leaders are warning.

New York and New Jersey governors have both issued states of emergency in preparation for an anticipated nor'easter this week. On Monday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared an emergency for more than 20 counties.

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"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 said in a press release. "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."

Hochul directed state agencies earlier on Monday to prepare assets to assist in regions expected to be affected by the storm.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy echoed similar tones in his declaration.

"The anticipated Nor'easter storm is forecasted to bring significant flash flooding, coastal flooding, and wind gusts across New Jersey," he said Thursday. "Residents should stay off the roads, remain vigilant, and follow all safety protocols."

The National Weather Service said central New Jersey was hit by three to four inches of rainfall overnight, warning, "More rain is coming, especially northern New Jersey," and mild to moderate flooding is anticipated. Hochul said similar amounts of rainfall are expected in New York counties.

The National Hurricane Center predicted Monday a 20% chance that the approaching nor'easter could develop some subtropical characteristics within 48 hours and a 50% chance within five days.

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Both New York and New Jersey are still recovering from being hit by Hurricane Ida in late August, which caused several extensive damages due to flash flooding. Dozens of people were reported dead due to Ida.

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