Historic Flooding in Colorado – 100 Year Flood
A tremendous amount of rain has fallen over the past 48 hours. In some cases, the rainfall totals are equivalent to what would typically fall in nearly an entire year. Numerous records have been broken, evacuations are still underway, and it is still raining. This flood is being called a one in 100 year flood.
Rainfall totals just from this system in some locations, such as Aurora, are close to the average yearly totals:
That excess of water has led to rivers rising over their banks and quickly rushing waters. The Big Thompson River is now flowing at 50 times its normal flow rate.
Flooding safety tips from NOAA:
* Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
*Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
* A foot of water will float many vehicles.
* Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
I-25 from Denver to the Wyoming border closed today due to the flooding:
River levels rapidly Wednesday night and continue to stay high. Boulder Creek in Boulder rose 4 feet in less than 5 hours.
River totals over the past 2 days show Boulder with over 8″.
Rain will still continue over the next 3 days. Potential totals could be between 2 to 3 inches in the areas that are already dealing with extreme flooding.
Flooding in Estes Park, CO:
Great Lakes and Northeast Chill
High pressure will be settling in around the Great Lakes. As the skies clear out today behind a cold front moving through the Northeast and the Ohio River Valley, the temperatures will be dropping rapidly.
A foggy and cool morning in Portsmouth, NH:
Skies will stay clear over night leading to some very low temperatures overnight:
Tropical Storm INGRID
Ingrid has just been named in the Gulf of Mexico. Its heading towards the coast of Mexico and, for now, the NHC is predicting that it will remain a Tropical Storm for the duration of its life span.
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