Rare sum­mer nor’easter takes aim at East Coast trav­el­ers

Some ar­eas could see 5-plus inches of rain

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - Doyle Rice @us­ato­day­weather USA TO­DAY

A rare, au­tumn-like storm be­gan de­liv­er­ing drench­ing rain, floods and over­all mis­er­able con­di­tions Fri­day to a large part of the mid-At­lantic and south­ern coast of New Eng­land.

Travel, both via air and roads, only wors­ened as the day con­tin­ued. The storm’s heavy rain, low clouds and fog caused air­line de­lays at air­ports in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Bal­ti­more, with more ex­pected Satur­day in Philadel­phia and New York City.

Driv­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jer­sey, West Vir­ginia, Mary­land, Vir­ginia and Delaware will also con­tinue to be chal­leng­ing Satur­day due to per­sis­tent down­pours, ex­cess wa­ter on the road and poor vis­i­bil­ity.

Some sub­urbs around Wash­ing­ton D.C. en­dured flash flood­ing Fri­day, Ac­cuWeather said. Heavy and slow-mov­ing storms caused flooded road­ways in Mont­gomery County, Md. Ac­cord­ing to emer­gency man­agers, wa­ter res­cues were needed for trapped ve­hi­cles in flood­wa­ters.

The sys­tem is more like a “cool-sea­son nor’easter” than a typ­i­cal sum­mer­time pat­tern, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said. Nor’east­ers are storms that power up the East Coast in fall, win­ter and spring, some­times de­liv­er­ing heavy snow and howl­ing winds from Wash­ing­ton to Bos­ton.

Flash flood watches re­mained in ef­fect for the Ohio Val­ley and mid-At­lantic, in­clud­ing Wash­ing­ton, Bal­ti­more and Philadel­phia.

Up to 5 inches of rain could fall from the cen­tral Ap­palachi­ans east­ward to the north­ern mid-At­lantic coast through Satur­day. Some ar­eas could see rain­fall rates in ex­cess of 2 inches per hour. Lo­ca­tions on the Del­marva Penin­sula could see up to 5 to 7 inches through late Satur­day.

This is the same storm that brought heavy rain and flood­ing to the Plains and Mid­west on Thurs­day, with Kansas City, Mo., be­ing the hard­est hit.

TAMMY LJUNGBLAD, AP

A man tries to get back into his pickup af­ter it got stuck in high wa­ter Thurs­day in Kansas City, Mo. That sys­tem is bring­ing heavy rain to the East Coast.

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