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PHOTOS: Record-Breaking Rainfall Strands Long Island Commuters, Forces Water Rescues

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
August 15, 2014; 2:00 AM ET

Commuters across the Northeast woke to widespread flash flooding after intense storms rumbled through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning dumping over 13 inches of rain across the Long Island area.

The flash flooding proved deadly as one fatality occurred early Wednesday morning during an accident caused by the high water levels on the Long Island Expressway according to the Associated Press.

Islip, New York, received an overwhelming record of 13.27 inches of rain Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. The total eclipsed what the area usually receives over the course of an entire summer according to Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather.com meteorologist.

"They average 11.68 inches in all of meteorological summer (June through August)," she said.

Roads across the Long Island area were covered with water, creating hazardous driving conditions and prompting water rescues after vehicles became stuck in high water. The same storm system dumped a record-breaking 6.27 inches of rain in the Baltimore area Tuesday night, creating similar dangerous conditions.

"Torrential, steady downpours left tremendous amounts of rain in a short amount of time that caused widespread flooding in the mid-Atlantic," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette said.

Roads stretching from Baltimore into parts of New York were closed and drivers faced prolonged delays.

As cleanup and recovery efforts begin, the storm system also dumped copious amounts of rain in the New England area. More than 4.6 inches of rain fell in three hours in Portland, Maine, causing major flash-flooding problems.

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Flash flooding sunk a car in Babylon Village, Long Island on Wednesday morning. (Instagram/knightbeauty)

Cars were stuck across multiple roadways in the Long Island area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. (Photo/joeballz286)

Intense rains brought havoc across the Long Island area, including this front yard in Suffolk County. (Photo/brittharriz)

Flooding caused travel delays across Long Island as commuters headed to work Wednesday morning. (Photo/brittharriz)

Heavy rainfall made for a messy commute for major areas across the Northeast. (Video/alwaysabel)

Some commuters were stuck after attempting to drive through inundated areas. (Photo/mservice88)

Multiple water rescues across the Long Island area were reported after people drove through flooded roads and highways Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. (Twitter User/505LM)

Cars were abandoned as conditions proved too dangerous to continue driving through for many areas like Deer Park, Long Island. (Photo/hawkyamg)

Flash flooding occurred in the Baltimore area Tuesday before moving north and creating chaos across parts of the Northeast into Wednesday. (Photo/S&S Storm Chasing Team)

Traffic through Harbor Tunnel in Baltimore was delayed and rerouted due to closure because of flooding on Tuesday, Maryland Department of Highways reported. (Photo/Blueagavebalto)

Flash flooding hit Portland, Maine, on Wednesday evening, with more than 4.6 inches of rain in three hours.

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