Record rainfall in the Northeast has prompted governors to declare a state of emergency in Maine, West Virginia and New Jersey — and officials have told New Jersey and Connecticut residents to stay home from work and off the roads.

Severe flooding has canceled schools, cut electricity, forced people to evacuate and slowed the morning commute. Power outages have affected 10,000 households and businesses in the New York City area, and more than 55,000 customers elsewhere in the state; 43,000 across Connecticut; 46,000 in New Hampshire; 12,000 in Massachusetts; and 25,000 customers in Vermont.

The rain totaled 7.81 inches in Central Park, breaking the previous record of 1.8 inches set in 1906. READ MORE

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