Rare summer nor’easter takes aim at East Coast travelers
Some areas could see 5-plus inches of rain
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.
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.