Hospital evacuated after flash flooding in Massachusetts
U.S. Route 1 at Norwood, Massachusetts, near Boston, flooded on June 28, with more than 5 inches of rain falling in some parts of the state.
Flash flooding throughout Massachusetts led to a hospital evacuation on Sunday.
Flash flood warnings were in effect on Sunday evening for Suffolk County, Norfolk County, eastern Worcester County, Middlesex County, Plymouth County and Bristol County.
A vehicle rests in water, below, on a flooded road, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Norwood, Mass. Heavy rains resulted in flooding on many streets in areas south of Boston, Sunday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
"Flash flooding occurs when you have an excessive amount of rainfall that falls in a short amount of time," AccuWeather Meteorologist Danielle Knittle said. In comparison, standard flooding happens over a gradual period of time and is a longer-duration event.
A flash flood emergency was issued for a time for the Boston metro area on Sunday afternoon, marking only the second time the National Weather Service office in Boston has issued this type of warning for their coverage area, according to Knittle. Flash flood emergencies are issued when a serious flooding situation is imminent or ongoing in a densely populated area.
Norfolk County, northern Plymouth, Bristol, southern Worcester County and far northern Rhode Island were hit hardest by the flash flooding, receiving 2 to 4 inches of rainfall. Boston's Logan airport received 1.18 inches as of 11 p.m. EDT Sunday.
As a result of the severe flooding, Norwood Hospital experienced forced evacuations after the area received at least five inches of rain.
In a video from a local reporter, cars can be seen parked in a flooded parking lot outside the hospital.
There were also reports of strong winds and hail from the National Weather Service.
According to Knittle, the coming days will still hold tricky weather for the area.
"There will be an upper-level low spinning over New England through Wednesday which will keep the area unsettled with a couple of showers and thunderstorms around each day," she said. The next few days will be cooler than normal for the summer months.
Thursday and Friday could see a few showers before the weather finally begins to turn around.
"It looks like drier air finally moves in over the area looking ahead to Fourth of July next Saturday," she said.
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