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.
Islip on Long Island received 13.26" of rain in the past 24 hours, preliminarily setting a new all time NYS record 24 hour rainfall!
— NWS BUFFALO (@NWSBUFFALO) August 13, 2014
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.
Flooding caused travel delays across Long Island as commuters headed to work Wednesday morning. (Photo/brittharriz)
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)
Flash flooding hit Portland, Maine, on Wednesday evening, with more than 4.6 inches of rain in three hours.
— Katie Thompson WMTW (@KThompson_WMTW) August 14, 2014
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