This is the second hurricane in recent weeks to threaten the US Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc and killed more than two dozen people.
New York governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency as the remnants of the storm caused massive flooding in the US' financial and cultural capital, leaving the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens inundated by the deluge.
Louisiana, Mississippi states take stock of disaster inflicted by powerful Ida as death toll rises to four.
The storm blasted ashore as one of the most powerful ever to hit the US, knocking out power to all of New Orleans, blowing roofs off buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River.
Ida rapidly intensified overnight as it moved through some of the warmest ocean water in the world in the northern Gulf of Mexico, with top winds growing by 72 kph in five hours.
At least eight people are dead after the hurricane hit Mexico's Gulf shore as a major Category 3 storm before weakening. The storm drenched coastal and inland areas in its second landfall in the country in two days.
The hurricane gathered more strength as it headed towards Mexico's Gulf coast, threatening to lash the oil-producing state of Veracruz and central Mexico with strong winds and heavy rains.
The hurricane grounded flights and forced tourists to spend the night in shelters on Mexico's Caribbean coastline before weakening to a tropical storm as it moved inland.
Miami-based National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surges, flooding and isolated tornadoes as Tropical Storm Elsa began lashing the islands off the southern tip of the US state of Florida.
The storm heads north toward the Florida Keys, gaining slightly in intensity after leaving a trail of destruction through the Caribbean that claimed at least three lives.
Hurricane Elsa churned through the Caribbean, bringing powerful winds and threatening to pile further misery on Haiti, but it downgraded to a tropical storm.
The International Red Cross estimates that about 4.2 million people were affected by the back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
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