Friday, September 9, 2011

Two die and 100,000 are forced to flee their homes in Pennsylvania floods as three new storms churn in the Atlantic - 9th Sept 2011

Relentless rain triggered catastrophic flooding in the East on Thursday, killing at least two people in Pennsylvania and forcing the mandatory evacuation of 100,000 people in Pennsylvania.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee swamped homes and businesses from Maryland to New England, with as much as a foot of rain recorded outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which declared a state of emergency.

Around 100,000 people were evacuated from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, early on Thursday because of rising waters of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. It was expected to crest later in the day.

Rivers and creeks already swollen by Hurricane Irene threatened cities and towns throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey and were poised to smash records.

'It's like Irene without the wind,' meteorologist Elliot Abrams on said of the waves of rain predicted to continue through Thursday.

Fellow forecaster Evan Myers said: 'The combination of previous record rainfall, current tropical downpours from Lee, urban development and an already fragile watershed will lead to historic flooding in part of the North east this week.' Read More