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Flash Flooding Swamps Parts of the NYC Metro

13 Aug 2014, 3:43 pm

Photo Credit: WeatherGoneWild/Twitter
(Woman is trapped in her car after getting caught in flooding rains in Holbrook, N.Y.)

Since the beginning of the week, flooding rains have been an issue for places like Detroit, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. But now, the New York City Metro is dealing with cleaning up after getting swamped early this morning.

While the city itself didn’t get much in the way of rain, just a short drive out the Long Island Expressway more than more than a foot of rain was recorded for some parts of Long Island. A broad swath of 6-10″ of rain fell across parts of western Suffolk county.

Here are some of the most impressive totals of rain since midnight on Wednesday:

• Islip Airport: 13.27″
• Holbrook: 12.57″
• Bay Shore: 11.35″
• Islip: 10.20″
• Massapequa: 8.20″
• Merrick: 6.81″
• Long Beach: 4.64″
• JFK Airport: 3.26″


And according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in the New York City, Islip Airport has set new daily and August records for rainfall. The record-setting rainfall at Islip Airport also shattered the 24-hour rainfall total for the entire state of New York, beating the 11.6″ record — set in August 2011 — as Tropical Storm Irene slammed the Northeast.

Nearly two-thirds of the rain that fell at the Islip Airport, on Wednesday, came within a two-hour period. Making the rainfall rate for that time period nearly 5″ per hour. Impressive to say the least.

Social media posts from the area show flooded roadways earlier Wednesday, swamped cars and even a sink hole that developed in a shopping center parking lot.

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