NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It has gotten more than just wet and windy throughout the evening and the storm is expected to continue pounding the area into the early morning.

A nor’easter has started to pound the Tri-State area.

AccuWeather meteorologist Eric Wilhelm said that the Tri-State area is going to see a lot of rain and dangerous winds before the storm tapers off early Monday morning.

CBS 2’s Elise Finch reported that wind gusts have reached 45mph at times and that up to four-inches of rain is possible in some areas. Over two inches of rain has already fallen in some areas in New York and New Jersey.

Flood alerts will remain in effect through Monday morning.

Be sure to keep it locked to 1010 WINS for the latest AccuWeather updates as news on the potential storm develops.

Power outages have already been reported in New Jersey where there are at least 2,500 PSE&G customers without power.

Residents of New York and Connecticut have also been affected by power outages although to a far lesser extent.

“Additional crews and equipment are available to respond to outages that may occur as a result of the spring storm,” according to a statement released by PSE&G.

The storm has already caused highway flooding throughout the tri-state area, and a fallen trees has resulted in delays on Route 4 in Englewood, NJ.

CBS 2’s Dave Carlin hit the streets in Mobile 2 and spoke to New Yorkers who were out weathering the storm.

Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, Co-Owner of Cafe Forant on the West Side, said that the cafe loses fourteen seats when it rains.

“They come and they squeeze together, and it’s like a party. We kind of like rainy days,” she said.

Officials have asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel and remain indoors.

Things have already started to get difficult for drivers in Suffolk County where downpours and high winds are believed to be responsible for knocking over a tree in Lake Ronkonkoma.

The LIRR and Metro North have said that they will bring in extra crews to prepare for the morning rush in the event of flooding or if debris needs to be cleared off of the tracks.

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