Flash floods after more than 13 inches of rain falls in two hours on Long Island

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Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:02 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than two months' worth of rain fell in two hours on New York's Long Island on Wednesday, causing flash flooding and swamping cars on roads that were turned into rivers during the morning rush hour.

With the storm expected to end mid-morning, a total of 13.1 inches was measured at Long Island's MacArthur Airport in Islip, said Christopher Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Weather Service.

"Wow, they had more than two months of rainfall in two hours," Vaccaro said. "It's really quite a dangerous situation. Heavy rainfall coupled with the morning commute is a problem."

The Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway was partially closed due to flooding, police said, and television video of other roadways showed cars submerged up to their windows.

Flash flood warnings for Long Island and southeastern Connecticut remained in effect through the morning.

The weather system was the same one that drenched Washington and Baltimore on Tuesday, Vaccaro said.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Bill Trott)