Deluge in US Northeast

Flash flooding Staten Island, NY, USA, 14 Aug 2011 (courtesy Accuweather.com)

Rain came down in buckets over the American Northeast on Sunday.

New York’s JFK airport recorded almost 200 mm of rain (7.8 inches) yesterday which is an all-time single day rainfall record.

In other words, forecasters say nearly twice the normal monthly rainfall was delivered in one day.

Just east on the Atlantic Ocean at Lido Beach, New York, more than 275 mm of rain was recorded.

The so-called conveyor belt of wet weather caused flash flooding in New York City, disrupting traffic, buses, flights and even the subway when transit workers were forced to pump water out of the system.

Southern New Jersey was drenched with almost 300 mm of rain and flood watches were posted from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts.

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