New York, NY, United States (4E) – The storm system that dumped a record rainfall and caused flash floods in New York early Wednesday is moving to New England, where it will bring heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms Wednesday night.
AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Phil Warren said cities at risk of flash floods from the showers and storms are Burlington, Vermont; Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts; Concord and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Portland, Maine; and Quebec City, Quebec. Rainfall will be 1 to 2 inches with some areas getting 4 inches as the system taps abundant moisture.
Roads are vulnerable to flooding and likely to cause travel delay and danger.
Earlier, the same system caused widespread flooding in Islip, Long Island. Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma received 13.27 inches of rain, a new state record for precipitation in a 24-hour period, the National Weather Service’s Upton office said. The previous record was 11.6 inches set on Aug. 27-28, 2011, in Tannersville.
The heaviest downpour occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Flooding of nearly all major roads in Nassau and Suffolk counties lasted from 5 a.m. to afternoon hours.
Sections of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) as well as the Northern and Southern State Parkways were closed and left with abandoned cars. Parkways were reopened at 1 p.m.
A 5 a.m. accident on the LIE killed one person, Suffolk police said. There were flight and train service delays and cancellations.
The historic and record rainfall also damaged several homes in Suffolk County.
Town of Islip Supervisor Tom Croci declared a state of emergency.
Nine inches of rain also fell in Millville, New Jersey early Wednesday damaging homes and forcing some families to evacuate.