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Andrea breaks rainfall records in the Northeast

June 08, 2013|By Devin Kelly
  • This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES East Satellite image released Friday shows Tropical Storm Andrea, which dumped record rainfall on parts of the Northeast as it moved toward Canadian waters.
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES East Satellite… (NOAA )

The weakened remains of Tropical Storm Andrea dumped record rainfall around the Northeast on Friday, including New York City’s Central Park.

In some places, rainfall measurements smashed century-old totals as flash flooding occurred. Central Park saw 4.16 inches of rain, more than double the record set in 1918. No major damage was reported.

Philadelphia International Airport measured 3.5 inches of rain, compared to the 1.79-inch mark set in 1904. In Newark, N.J., 3.71 inches of rain broke a 1931 measurement of 1.11 inches.

Andrea, the first named storm of the season, steadily lost power while cycling up from Florida into New England, where the torrents caused flash flooding but, as in New York City, no major damage. In Delaware County, Pa., local media reported that 50 families were displaced due to rising waters.   

With the storm shifting away from the Northeast, the National Hurricane Center in Miami lifted all tropical storm warnings late Friday. The center added in an advisory that the region could continue to see flooding.

Meanwhile, bad weather could be headed back to the Midwest, the National Weather Service cautioned Saturday.

In a statement on its website, the service predicted “large hail and damaging wind gusts” in the Great Plains, a region struck by violent tornadoes and flooding in recent weeks, as well as a more minor threat of isolated tornadoes. 

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devin.kelly@latimes.com

Twitter: @devkelly17

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