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.
A major Thanksgiving Day storm threatens to ruin holiday events across the Central states with flooding rain, snow, a glaze of ice and fog.
Sandra remains on track to target northern Mexico Friday and Saturday, but it should be much weaker at landfall than its current major hurricane status.
Unsettled weather will stretch across the United Kingdom on 27th November as millions set out in search of the best Black Friday deals on offer.
Following a mild Thanksgiving and Black Friday, noticeably cooler air will return to the Northeast this weekend.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
North Dakota (1896)
Thanksgiving Day Blizzard. "Wind Velocity and snowfall never equalled before."
Destructive windstorm in the Northwest; winds gusting to 105 mph in Cut Bank, MT; 96 mph in Sheridan, WY. Spokane, WA, radio tower downed. Coleville, WA, lumber shed demolished.
Barst, Guadeloupe (1970)
1.50 inches of rain in 1 minute -- world record.