Severe storms and flooding have caused damage and disruption throughout parts of the Northeast on Friday, leaving at least one person dead in Orange County, New York, and officials warning of dangerous road conditions.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for parts of the region through Saturday morning as thunderstorms and heavy rain moved through. In Orange County, emergency responders were dealing with multiple water rescues as well as reports of collapsed buildings.
At least one person died after their vehicle was swept away in a flooded creek in the Town of Tuxedo. On Highway 17, police cautioned drivers to avoid attempting to cross flooded roads, citing reports of vehicles becoming stranded.
Emergency responders were also dealing with road and property damages, including several collapsed buildings in Sullivan County and a mudslide in Ulster.
Flooding also wreaked havoc on a number of local highways in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, prompting closures and restricting travel.
Local officials urged the public to remain cautious, to check in with loved ones, and to avoid non-essential travel in areas affected by the storms.