Floodwaters invade hospital in New Hampshire as heavy rain wreaks havoc
Heavy downpours on July 13 caused roads to flood on Plum Island, Massachusetts. Cars could be seen trying to drive through flooded roads.
Stormy weather has triggered severe flooding in northern New Hampshire, clogging roadways and even sending floodwaters spewing into a hospital operating room on Tuesday.
According to officials of Cottage Hospital in Haverhill, New Hampshire, floodwaters affected an operating room and specialty clinics, but no patient rooms. Officials told WMUR.com that 12 surgeries had to be canceled.
Hunter Tubbs, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Grey, Maine, told AccuWeather that between 3 and 4 inches of rain fell in the general area.
"Essentially what we've had is an area of low pressure over us, drawing quite a bit of moisture, accompanied by very moist conditions at the surface," he said.
An AccuWeather radar loop shows thunderstorms spreading across much of New England on Tuesday, including New Hampshire, where heavy rain led to flooding. (AccuWeather)
Tubbs added that the incessant rain hasn't allowed the saturated ground to drain properly, furthering the flooding conditions.
Haverhill Police Department Chief Brandon Alling said the flooding had washed away backroads and caused shoulders on other roads to erode.
The NWS issued multiple flash flood warnings on Tuesday morning as a line of showers and thunderstorms slowly pushed through New Hampshire and Vermont. According to The Associated Press, flooding concerns extended into Vermont as well, as 3 inches of rain had already fallen in some areas of Essex and Caledonia counties.
Going forward, Tubbs said, a dry stretch should alleviate flooding concerns going into midweek.
"After today, thankfully tomorrow and Thursday look quite quiet," Tubbs said. "That should help outside of potential spotty shower."
Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.Report a Typo
Grab your sweaters! November-like weather is on the way for the Midwest
Another batch of chilly air will suppress daytime highs and create AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures as low as the 20s, 30s and 40s for some.
Daily coronavirus briefing: Disney plans to lay off nearly one-quarter of its workforce
The Walt Disney Co. shut down parks as the pandemic worsened in the United States. Now the company is feeling the economic toll lockdown restrictions have taken on its businesses.
Have a cough? How to tell if it is fall allergies or the coronavirus
Experts offer up two key symptoms to be aware of that could help to differentiate between seasonal allergies and COVID-19.
Home air purifiers that can help filter out wildfire smoke
With air quality plummeting in some parts of the country, it's wise to have a device that can help clean the air you and your family breathe in your home.
Road trip emergency gear in case of bad weather
It's hard to predict when a road trip emergency might occur, but if you keep a few survival basics in your car you won’t have to worry about being unprepared.
AccuWeather School: Frost is not frozen dew
Frost forms under the same weather conditions as dew, except that temperatures have to be at or below freezing – so it makes sense that some people may think that frost is frozen dew, but that is not correct.