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State of Emergency declared in New York as 'extreme rainfall' batters the city

Terrifying video shows busy streets completely flooded as New York is battered by the final blow of Storm Ophelia.

A State of Emergency has been issued as New Yorkers are trapped at home and unable to make their morning commute.

The National Weather Service has also issued flash-flood warnings for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, which are set to last until at least 12.30pm today.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared the emergency specifically in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley due to the threat of more flooding.

Video shared on social media showed the corner of Carroll St. and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn completely submerged, with residents sheltering near buildings on the sidewalk.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority warned of “major disruptions” to the city’s subway service, particularly in Brooklyn, due to the flooding.

The MTA has said there is no service on 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains in Brooklyn and that the B train is completely suspended in both directions as is the G and W trains. Northbound N trains are delayed.

Other video shared to social media appeared to show flooding inside of an MTA bus said to be on 18th Avenue and 60 Street in Brooklyn.

By 9.30am the Belt Parkway was completely shut at Cropsey Avenue in Brooklyn. Rain is expected to continue throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

Governor Hochul told NY1: “This water is deadly. That is our message for New Yorkers. Don’t take this for granted.”

On the Upper East Side in Manhattan, streets were hit by flash flooding at around 9am, with water spilling onto the sidewalks.

By 9.45am, most areas of the Big Apple had already received four inches of rain with parts of southern Brooklyn experiencing up to 6.23 inches.

Police in Hoboken, New Jersey said there were severe delays in the area as a result of flooding there. They urged residents to avoid all but essential travel.

Other officials echoed the warning calling for New Yorkers against travel and urging them to stay off the roads.

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