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Record storm slams West Coast as tens of millions on East Coast brace for nor'easter

Record-breaking rain soaked parts of California as one of the strongest storms ever to hit the West Coast moved through as the Northeast issued warnings ahead of the season's first nor'easter.

The National Weather Service in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday afternoon called some of the rainfall reports "staggering," with 11 inches at the base of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.

Downtown San Francisco, with 4.02 inches of rain, saw its fourth-wettest calendar day Sunday with records going back to the Gold Rush. It was the wettest October day ever for the city, the weather service said.

In the northeastern U.S., the governors of New Jersey and New York declared states of emergency and New York City issued a travel advisory through Tuesday afternoon.

"Take this seriously," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

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