The Panama Canal was closed for the third time in its history on Wednesday due to flooding rain.
CNN.com reports officials closed the canal when heavy rain forced the water behind the Gatun Dam to rise. The Gatun Dam is located in northern Panama and led to the formation of Lake Gatun, a major section of the canal.
A nearly stationary area of low pressure was the culprit behind the torrential rainfall.
The low unleashed 4.39 inches of rain on Tocumen, Panama, in 24 hours, ending at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday. An additional 1.52 inches of rain fell in the preceding 24 hours.
Tocumen is situated just northeast of Panama City.
A container ship passes through the Panama Canal's Gatun Lock in Colon, Panama. (AP File Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Prior to Wednesday, there have been only two other times when the officials closed the Panama Canal.
According to CNN.com, the canal was shut down in 1989 after the United States invaded Panama to remove Manuel Noriega from power. Landslides prompted the canal's closure from late 1915 to mid-1916.
The United States completed building the Panama Canal in 1914.
The flooding rain is also being blamed on the deaths of at least eight people across Panama, according to the Associated Press. Roughly 1,500 people were ordered to evacuate their flooded neighborhoods.
Additional rain will plague Panama today.
Sunny skies and mostly dry conditions are expected through the rest of the week across the Los Angeles region.
Another few days of rather cool, at times unsettled weather lie ahead for the United Kingdom this week.
The threat for severe thunderstorms in the North Central states will shrink to parts of the central Plains Tuesday night with locally heavy storms farther to the northeast.
Drenching downpours, locally gusty thunderstorms and squalls at sea will continue in and around Florida through much of the week.
A heat wave will build, then recede in the Northeast this week with the most humid air focused on the Interstate 95 corridor.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
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