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Summer rains bring historic flooding across the U.S.

The rain flooded streets, buried cars and paralyzed vehicles in the traffic laden New York City metro area.
By Aileen Graef   |   Aug. 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An exceptionally strong August storm dumped five to eight inches of rain on Detroit Monday night before moving east, drenching Long Island with 13 inches Tuesday night.

The rain in New York broke the previous state record for most rain in a 24-hour period after the town of Islip got hit with 13.27 inches. The previous record had been Tannserville, N.Y., which saw 11.6 inches during Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Islip is also close to breaking its record for monthly rainfall in a 24-hour period. Its wettest month was October 2005, with 14.07 inches. In addition to the record-breaking amount of rain, the pace it came down was also extreme with more than five inches dropping between 5 and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The rain flooded streets, buried cars and paralyzed vehicles in the traffic laden New York City metro area. New Yorkers captured video of cars almost completely submerged in the streets.

Detroit and Maryland also been hit hard by the storm. Monday's downpour in Detroit was the fourth day of heaviest rains over the past 17 years. Detroit residents were seen kayaking through the area.



Baltimore saw three of its heaviest days of rain over the past five years after receiving more than six inches.

Jeff Masters at Weather Underground said people can expect more extreme storms as the world begins to feel the effects of climate change.

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