Nearly 20,000 residents of Hoboken, N.J., have been stranded by flood waters and stuck in their homes since Hurricane Sandy tore through the town on Sunday.
The mayor, Dawn Zimmer, made a public address from the steps of city hall where she asked for people to be patient, according to The Jersey Journal.
Zimmer asked for volunteers, who drive vehicles that sit high, to help transport people from their homes to nearby shelters.
The National Guard has arrived in the town and are working on taking people who want to evacuate to shelters.
For the residents who prefer to stay in their homes, the mayor is coordinating with the National Guard to get supplies to them.
Residents are asked not to fuel up their vehicles as gasoline in the town is on short supply and needed for emergency vehicles. None of the traffic lights are in operation and the mayor asks all residents to stay off the roads.
Supplies such as canned good, batteries, water and flashlights are needed in the town. The only vehicles being permitted into town are those who are volunteering or bringing supplies. Anyone wishing to donate is asked to take the supplies to the Hoboken High School.
Although the town remains flooded, lakes and streams nearby have returned to normal levels, according to AccuWeather Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"I am surprised the water isn't receding," said Sosnowski. "There may be leaves, sand or other storm debris blocking the drains."
Another possibility is pumps that normally deal with storm waters could be out of operation due to the power outages in the city. Efforts to restore power could take 10 more days.
Rescue efforts are underway in Hiroshima, Japan, after several landslides buried people and caused severe damage on Wednesday morning, local time.
There have been six times the number of named tropical systems in the Eastern Pacific Basin compared to the Atlantic Basin. While the Atlantic will catch up somewhat, the lopsided ratio will continue.
In the commune of Cogoleto, 16 miles west of Genoa, Italy, a storm system spawned at least one waterspout around noon, local time.
While heat in the South during August is common, the upcoming weather pattern may deliver some of the hottest weather of this summer.
Monsoonal moisture from the tropics is bringing heavy rainfall to the Phoenix area and other parts of the Southwest.
A batch of showers and thunderstorms will slowly swing from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic this week, raising flooding concerns in portions of the area.
Houston, TX (1999)
105 degrees, new record for date.
New Jersey (1999)
A few waterspouts were spotted in Delaware Bay, and another at Cape May Point. A waterspout moved inland and became an F2 tornado injured one person in Holgate, New Jersey.
Indianola, TX (1886)
Completely destroyed by hurricane - town was never rebuilt.