NEW YORK (WABC) — A powerful coastal storm is unleashing heavy rain and potentially damaging winds across the Tri-State area with significant flooding in vulnerable coastal areas.

Bands of rain spread over the area on Sunday, but heavy rainfall with gusty winds continued into Monday, impacting the morning commute.

More than 40,000 customers were reported to be without power in New Jersey. New York City reported more than 8,000 outages while Long Island had nearly 7,000.

Drivers became stranded when they attempted to drive through water that had flooded a local roadway in Newark. Rescue crews had to pull them from their vehicles to safety.

Eyewitness News Reporter Toni Yates reports on conditions in Newark

Toni Yates reports from Newark where rescuers pulled drivers to safety after they became stuck in a flooded roadway.

New York City issued a travel advisory, urging people to limit travel and stay indoors if they can during the worst of the storm.

The Verrazzano Bridge was closed in both directions early Monday due to the high wind, impacting the morning commute.

Alternate-side parking regulations are suspended on Monday as well.

A citywide Flood Watch is in effect until 5 p.m. Monday.

Eyewitness News Reporter Janice Yu reports from The Rockaways on the flooding

Janice Yu reports from The Rockaways where area roadways were experiencing some flooding.

Major airports remained open, however, there were many flights canceled or delayed at area airports.

Eyewitness News Reporter Lindsay Tuchman was on the road in Road Cam 7 to show the current conditions

Lindsay Tuchman reports from Road Cam 7 on the conditions of the roads during the storm.

Before it’s all said and done, the Tri-State area could get as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain, with inland areas expecting more, and wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph, with the strongest across Long Island and southeastern Connecticut.

It is those coastal sections where concerns are greatest for flooding.

Coastal areas of Long Island could see flooding of moderate to significant impact, with between 1.5 to 2.5 feet during the morning and midday high-tide cycles on Monday.

The storm dumped up to five inches of rain across Florida, flooding streets and forcing the cancellation of boat parades and other holiday celebrations before moving up the East Coast and causing coastal flooding in South Carolina on Sunday.

The storm soaked Charleston, South Carolina, with about 4 inches of rain, while the Charleston tide gauge was at 9.62 feet by midday Sunday, making it the highest nontropical tide on record, media outlets reported. Dozens of roads were closed because of flooding in the city. Heavy rainfall was expected in several counties across South Carolina.

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Beyond the immediate coastline, minor to moderate flooding is possible elsewhere, including ponding on roads, streets and highways and in areas near fast-flooding rivers of northeast New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley, especially if 3.5 inches or more of rain fall, according to the National Weather Service.

And those high winds always pose the risk of downed trees and powerlines, causing power outages and damaging property.

Holiday decorations should be secured or brought inside ahead of the storm’s arrival. Storm drains should be cleared of leaves and other debris so rain can drain efficiently.

The high winds and heavy rain prompted the Department of Buildings to also issue a weather advisory, as inspectors have been out in the field conducting spot checks to confirm contractors are properly securing their work sites ahead of the storm.

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