TODAY   |  October 01, 2010

Deadly deluge slams the East Coast

At least five deaths are blamed on the heavy rains produced by Tropical Storm Nicole, which is creating flooding conditions all along the Eastern Seaboard. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>> moment. but in new jersey a driving rain has been falling for much of the morning. mara, good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, meredith, this monster storm is wreaking havoc on the east coast with torrential downpours bringing areas more rain in hours than they have seen in months causing traffic accidents, flooding, power outages and travel delays. the storm is already responsible for at least five deaths. in north carolina four members of one family will be killed the suv they were riding in skidded off the road and into a ditch. and in north carolina , a man apparently drowned when his pick-up truck fell into a raging ridge. now the rain has caused flooding all the way up and down the east coast from north carolina to new jersey, with new jersey seeing some of the worst of it. jacksonville getting a foot of rain, 12 inches in just six hours. that's a quarter of their annual rainfall and the tri-state area which is getting hammered right now is under a flood watch . we're also seeing power outages in several states. in maryland, reportedly 40,000 people are without power and travel delays are likely, am track will be affected by standing water and downed limbs and the roadways are treacherous during this morning commute.

>> really a dangerous storm.

>>> al is upstairs with more on the flooding and a first look at the forecast. al, good morning to you.

>> you can see that radar, the line of storms as a frontal system and the remnants of nicole push off the coast, heavy thunderstorms now moving through central long island, on into parts of the northeast, and new england . we are looking for this to all push through later tonight, but not before causing big problems. here's the future cast, starting this morning, moving on through the afternoon, the rain moves through, a second line comes in later on this afternoon and by tonight, it's in the northern parts of new england , we do have flood watches and flash flood watches and even flood warnings in new york, pennsylvania and connecticut as well. the flood watches extend all the way into new england . rainfall amounts, we're looking at one to two inches of rain, but there could be another three to four inches of rain especially in northern new england . obviously airports are a real mess here in the tri-state area, all the way up into boston. but they will start to calm down as