New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency due to the storm current lashing the state.
Hochul told CNN's Don Lemon it is "not safe for people to be out" and that New York is in a "very dire situation."
“Our subway system has effectively shut down. Every line is either limited or suspended due to the excess of water, so we want people to stay away from there,” she said.
Water rescue teams are ready to be deployed where necessary and tree crews are on the ground equipped to work with potential downed power lines, Hochul said.
“We literally deployed assets starting this morning in anticipation of this, but this is far more than anyone really expected," Hochul said. “We can take all the precautions in advance, and we did deploy our assets to be on the ground in anticipation, but mother nature will do whatever she wants, and she is really angry tonight.