Airport rainfall sets single-day record
RAINED A LOT yesterday, right?
No, it rained more than ever, at least since record-keeping began in the late 19th century.
Between approximately 3 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., Philadelphia International Airport received about 7.35 inches of rain, breaking the daily record there, which has been measured since 1872.
"It's still coming down," National Weather Service meteorologist Walter Drag said around 9 p.m. last night.
Drag said the airport was on the western edge of a storm that flooded Camden County, leading to road closures and a miserable drive for people returning from the Jersey Shore.
Two people reportedly were rescued from a submerged car on I-76 at Kings Highway. Traffic on Rt. 42 and I-295 was also stopped.
The flooding caused flight delays at the airport and a power outage in Terminal A. Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said reports that the outage was caused by a lightning strike were incorrect.
In the city, flash floods shut down the I-95 Broad Street ramps. Drag said the airport's last single-day rain record was set in September 1999, when it rained 6.63 inches.
- William Bender