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Deluge drops record rain on parts of Phila. region

Inquirer staff writer Sam Wood reports:

The worst of the overnight deluge has thankfully come to an end, but scattered showers will linger over parts of the Philadelphia region through the afternoon, said forecasters this morning at the National Weather Service.

Drenching rain set records at several Jersey Shore towns. More than 4 inches drowned Atlantic City and Absecon flooding major thorofares and causing traffic tie ups for early morning commuters. Cape May and North Wildwood were soaked by almost 3 inches.

The storm dumped more than two inches on Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs causing some flooding in low lying areas the Schuylkill River to rise perilously in East Falls. Flood warnings or flood watches have been issued for most of the region.

Temperatures will be slightly warmer today with highs reaching the low- to mid-40s. The area will begin to dry out this weekend with the first glimmers of sunshine returning Saturday with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-30s.
The storm system began to sweep up the I-95 corridor Thursday from the south where it caused snow to fall New Orleans.

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