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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Record Rainfall for Philadelphia

Some roads still closed Monday morning, all American Airlines flights canceled



    Sunday's record rainfall caused power outages at the Philadelphia International Airport. NBC10's Jesse Gary spoke with some passengers that are waiting to get on their next flight. (Published Monday, July 29, 2013)

    Heavy downpours shattered rainfall records and caused major flooding -- trapping drivers and forcing some roads to be shut down into Monday. The storm's impact has also caused American Airlines to cancel all morning flights at Philadelphia International Airport.

    A record all-time daily rainfall of 8.26 inches fell Sunday at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. That number increased overnight from an earlier measurement of 7.99 inches.

    More than 7 inches of rain fell during a 4-hour period -- helping to exceed the previous all-time record for a single day rainfall set during Tropical Storm Floyd. That total of 6.63 inches was measured on September 16, 1999. Records go back to 1872.

    The heaviest rain moved through Gloucester City, Camden County, N.J. shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday. Within a span of three hours about 7 inches of rain flooded the area.

    Roads Flood as Torrential Rains Fall

    [PHI] Roads Flood as Torrential Rains Fall
    The area is drying out this morning after record rainfall flooded streets and roads -- trapping cars and their drivers. (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2013)

    Water flooded Route 130 Northbound at Market Street forcing police to shut down the busy roadway. The route remained closed Monday morning as officials waited for waters to recede.

    On Sunday, at least eight cars were submerged in high water in the eastbound lane of I-76 at Kings Highway. Two people were left stranded in a car in the middle of the street. Authorities say both people were rescued. No injuries were reported.

    Record-Breaking Rain Floods Area Roads

    [PHI] Record-Breaking Rain Floods Area Roads
    Fast falling rain catches a lot of people off guard, leaving some cars flooded and others stuck for hours on the highway. NBC10's George Spencer has the story. (Published Monday, July 29, 2013)

    Lightning strikes were also a problem for the area. Fire crews put out a minor fire at a home located on the 100 block of North Brown Street after it was struck by lightning. No one was injured.

    A driver was trapped on top of his roof under the Route 42 overpass. Two other cars were flooded out in the water.

    Sunny and Nice: Monday Morning Forecast

    [PHI] Sunny and Nice: Monday Morning Forecast
    Monday, July 29, 2013 (Published Friday, Aug. 2, 2013)

    There was also major flooding along Route 130 in Pennsauken. Shore traffic combined with flooding rains made for major backups along the Atlantic City Expressway. There were reports of delays for up to two hours.

    The on and off ramp from I-95 to Broad Street in Philadelphia was shut down around 4:30 p.m. due to major flooding. It was reopened just before 9 p.m.

    Record-Breaking Rainfall in Philadelphia

    [PHI] Record-Breaking Rainfall in Philadelphia
    Philadelphia sets a new record for rainfall. NBC10’s Glenn “Hurricane Schwartz has more on how much we got and how it happened so fast. (Published Sunday, July 28, 2013)

    The storms also caused trouble at Philadelphia International Airport. The airport experienced a power outage at Terminal A East around 5 p.m. Sunday, according to airport spokesperson Vicki Lupica. Power was restored several hours later around 9:45 p.m.

    But another outage at Terminal A East Monday morning, forced airlines in the terminal to cancel all inbound and outbound flights at the airport. American Airlines cancelled 12 flights on Monday in and out of Philly. They also cancelled 10 flights on Sunday in and out of Philly but added extra flights to and from Chicago and Miami to accommodate passengers. They are currently operating normally. Fliers are asked to call 800.446.7834 to get the latest flight information.

    Sunday Evening Forecast: July 28, 2013

    [PHI] Sunday Evening Forecast: July 28, 2013
    NBC10's Brittney Shipp tracks the forecast as heavy rains make it's way into the area. (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2013)

    The airport restored full power to the terminal on Monday and returned to normal operations.

    For the month, total rainfall for Philadelphia jumped by nearly two inches to 13 inches even -- another record.

    Here's a list of the highest rainfall totals from the National Weather Service:


    • Blackbird, New Castle County -- 3.34 inches
    • Wilmington, New Castle County -- 2.32 inches
    • Milton, Sussex County -- 2.37 inches


    • Gloucester City, Camden County -- 7.00 inches
    • Mount Ephraim, Camden County -- 4.76 inches
    • Mount Laurel, Burlington County -- 4.30 inches
    • Mickleton, Gloucester County -- 4.25 inches
    • Pennsville, Salem County -- 4.22 inches
    • Westville, Gloucester County -- 4.15 inches
    • Franklin Township, Gloucester County -- 3.86 inches
    • Medford, Burlington County -- 2.05 inches


    • Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia -- 8.26 inches
    • Walnutport, Northampton County -- 2.46 inches