EDISON - A series of severe rainstorms Tuesday knocked out power to thousands and left parts of New Jersey underwater.

The storms featured heavy rains and strong winds, which knocked down numerous trees and power lines. At the height of the storm, nearly 38,000 customers were without power across the state. By late Tuesday night, only a few thousand remained in the dark.

Towns across the state experienced moderate to severe flooding due to the heavy rains and melting snow. Route 21 in Newark flooded severely, causing traffic issues.

Area airports were reporting some flight delays. Travelers were urged to contact their airline to find out the status of their flights.

Temperatures for most of Tuesday were above average and reached the mid- to upper-50s. Overnight temperatures were expected to drop and cause slick conditions on the state's roads.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit cooler for the rest of the week with highs in the 40s.