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More Flooding Rain Through Tuesday in Flood-Weary Parts of New York, Pennsylvania and New England
Another round of flooding rainfall is drenching parts of the Northeast, just the latest in a siege of heavy rain events since July in parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and New England.
Fortunately, there is now drier weather ahead, as the upper-level low will finally sweep out of the Northeast.
However, a new weather system could bring more showers and storms to the region by late this week.
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Northeast Flooding Recap
An area of heavy rain developed Monday morning, triggering significant flooding in parts of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northern Delaware.
Numerous water rescues, evacuations and road closures were reported in the region. A few homes and businesses were reported flooded in Ocean County, New Jersey, where 7 to 8 inches of rain was measured.
Heavy rain in northeastern Pennsylvania prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood emergency for western Bradford County, Pennsylvania, through Monday evening because up to 4 inches of rain had fallen and "major life-threatening flash flooding was ongoing."
Rainfall rates as high as 4.5 inches per hour, more typical of tropical cyclone rainbands, were estimated by Doppler radar in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Monday morning, and in excess of 3 inches per hour in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
In Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, the Little Lehigh Creek overflowed its banks, making Spring Creek Road impassable midday Monday. A bridge near the headwaters was also impassable and submerged in floodwaters after 4.3 inches of rain fell in just 3 hours.
Swatara Creek at Harper Tavern, Pennsylvania, reached moderate flood Monday evening. At this level, a few homes are flooded, and a number of secondary roads are closed, resulting in some evacuations, according to the National Weather Service.
If that wasn't enough, a waterspout was sighted near Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Monday morning.
A severe thunderstorm rumbled through the Washington D.C. metro area just in time for the Monday afternoon rush hour, producing wind gusts over 50 mph, along with heavy downpours. That storm then moved into the Baltimore area, with wind gusts up to 45 mph and torrential rain, which caused flooding on a handful of city streets.
On Sunday, localized torrential rainfall led to street flooding from Boston's northern suburbs to Long Island.
Significant road flooding was reported north of Boston Sunday morning in Lynn and Peabody, Massachusetts. More than 8 inches of rain was measured in Lynn, with over 7 inches reported in Peabody – both over a short amount of time.
In Lynn, cars were seen floating down Monroe Street, and in a building on that street, people were standing on chairs because of the flooding, the National Weather Service said.
Flooding was also reported on a few roads in the Boston metro area Sunday morning. Cambridge, Massachusetts, was hit hardest in the immediate Boston area. The NWS said 1.36 inches of rain fell there in just an hour.
In Long Island's Nassau County, rescuers in North Bellmore were pulling people from cars stranded on flooded roads after more than 2 inches of rain fell in 40 minutes. Major flooding closed many streets in the county. Local storm reports from the NWS said people were stranded in their cars in East Meadow and Bellmore, as well.
Heavy rainfall in parts of the Northeast Saturday afternoon caused some roadways to become inundated by up to a foot of water in the Jersey shore town of Somers Point.
Flooding also forced the suspension of New Jersey Transit's River Line rail service between the Walter Rand Transportation Center and the Waterfront Entertainment Complex in Camden, New Jersey, for a brief time Saturday afternoon.
Areas near New York City's Penn Station received an influx of water following Saturday's heavy rain, causing substantial damage to the ceiling at the entrance of New Jersey Transit's 7th Avenue Concourse.
Saturday morning, widespread flooding was reported across Scotch Plains, New Jersey, with two water rescues from vehicles. Water rescues were also reported Saturday in North Plainfield, New Jersey, and Calais Crossroads, New Jersey.
New York City's Central Park received 2.90 inches of rain Saturday.
Through Sunday, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, tied its record-wettest year-to-date with 1972, the year of one of the region's worst floods from what was once Hurricane Agnes.
Nearby Williamsport, Pennsylvania, had its second-wettest year-to-date through Aug. 12, topped only by 1972.
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