Heavy rain from thunderstorms led to severe flooding and numerous road closures late on Tuesday night all across northern Minnesota, including in Duluth, where officials reported 'extensive damage' from the floodwaters early on Wednesday morning.
AccuWeather.com has been warning the Upper Midwest of the risk of flash and urban flooding since early last week.
Both radar estimates and ground observations have indicated more than a half a foot of rain has fallen as of early on Wednesday morning over a large portion of north-central and northeastern Minnesota, with most of the rain falling over the course of just a few hours' time.
Overnight Tuesday, police in Duluth banned all non-essential travel due to the flooding, which submerged numerous vehicles, leading to water rescues. Some manhole covers were blown off by the pressure of the water in the city, while sinkholes swallowed cars whole.
Mudslides and road collapses were also reported.
In a rare civil emergency bulletin issued overnight, Duluth Police announced that residents in a neighborhood near the Fond du Lac dam were being evacuated. While no threat of a dam failure was imminent, power crews were releasing water to ease the pressure on the structure.
A portion of Interstate 35, Highway 23 and major downtown tunnels were closed Wednesday.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, there were also reports that animals, including a polar bear, escaped from enclosures at the Lake Superior Zoo as floodwaters rose.
Residents and officials are comparing the ongoing situation to flooding that occurred in August 1972 which devastated the city.
Following a bout of stormy weather that has lingered through the week, drier and more tranquil weather will move into the Atlanta area for the weekend.
Chicago is facing a mostly clear weekend with the threat of some disruptive thunderstorms on Saturday.
The peak of hurricane season, among other things, arrives in the fall.
After former Hurricane Odile battered resorts across Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, vacationers were left stranded and isolated while waiting for evacuations with sparse communication to loved ones back home.
Moisture from Odile brought flooding rainfall to the Southwest on Wednesday and more is on the way.
Odile and other weather systems will bring both dangerous flooding and drought-busting rain in parts of Texas and the southern Plains.
Sacramento, CA (1984)
100 degrees F., record 38th day of 100 degrees or higher this year.
Eastern States (1990)
Record cold in many locations.......... Location Temp Previous Record ----------------- ---- --------------- Rochester, NY 37 38/1953 Youngstown, OH 34 38/1959 Atlantic City, NJ 36 39/1968 Allentown, PA 36 37/1959 Providence, RI 39T 39/1959 Binghamton, NY 35 36/1953 Flint, MI 35 36/1959
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4" of rain fell from an early nor'easter.