This latest flooding event turned deadly after at least five people were killed Saturday in eastern Pennsylvania when officials said upwards of 7 inches of rain fell in about 45 minutes, sweeping away nearly a dozen vehicles that were already on the road when the flash flooding began in eastern Bucks County.
The flooding also turned deadly in North Carolina over the weekend. The Alexander County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that a woman was killed and another person was rescued when their vehicle was overcome by high water. The sheriff's office said one victim was rescued after clinging to a tree in the rising water. That victim then told emergency crews that the second victim had jumped from the vehicle into the water.
The sheriff's office said that the victim, who was identified as Lisa Michelle Riahi, 49, of Hickory, North Carolina, was found dead about 2 miles from where the incident began.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued dozens of Flash Flood Warnings and even a few Tornado Warnings as nearly 60 million residents from Virginia to Maine faced the risk of flooding rainfall and severe weather.
The showers and storms caused hundreds of flights to be canceled or delayed across the Northeast on Sunday, and a ripple effect was expected to cause flight disruptions to linger into Monday.
Ground stops were implemented Sunday afternoon at Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in the New York City tri-state area. According to FlightAware, inbound flights to JFK Airport were delayed up to 4 hours at their origin.
Newark and JFK airports led the U.S. in total flight cancellations and delays. In total, 367 flights departing from or traveling to Newark were canceled on Sunday, and 477 more were delayed, according to FlightAware. JFK Airport reported 342 departing and arriving flights were canceled on Sunday, and 569 more were delayed.
On Sunday morning, severe thunderstorms caused damage in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Residents in the area reported multiple trees were down, and utility poles were snapped during the storms.
Several eyewitnesses in the area also spotted the brief tornado, which had estimated peak winds of 80 mph and was on the ground for 2 miles.
In addition to the flight disruptions and severe weather, Flood Watches had been issued for more than 59 million residents from Virginia northward through the entire state of Maine.
The Flood Watches included New York's lower Hudson Valley and much of Vermont, which had already received 6 to 10 inches of rain last week when Vermont saw rivers and creeks swell to levels not seen since the 1920s.
Major cities along Interstate 95 were also included in the Flood Watch, including Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Numerous roads were flooded Sunday morning in Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania and adjacent Warren County in northwestern New Jersey, where there were reports of water rescues and vehicles stuck in floodwaters.
Flooded roads were also reported Sunday morning in parts of western Connecticut, including Bethel and Torrington.
Islip, New York, on Long Island, recorded 3.04 inches of rain in one hour between 8 and 9 a.m. EDT Sunday morning.
A road in New Hampshire was even seen buckling and splitting due to the torrential rain.
And if that video wasn't proof enough that it's not safe to drive on New Hampshire roads, the Crayon 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was postponed to Monday due to the threat of flooding.
Flood disaster recovery still ongoing
Communities around Montpelier, Vermont, and New York’s lower Hudson Valley continued to clean up following more than a half-foot of rain last week.
River levels had receded, which allowed most communities to make it through the recent round of wet weather without catastrophic impacts.
Residents in Vermont told FOX Weather they were paying close attention to the forecast and would be ready to take action if additional flooding occurred in the state.
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