Flooding from Ida Across Soggy Appalachians into New England/NYC

The soggy summer may end with a bang as Ida heads into the Appalachians and New England Wednesday. These areas have had a lot of rainfall this summer with many areas running over 100% of normal rainfall for the month of August. The interaction of Ida with the cold front will cause a heavy band of rainfall of 2-7 inches in a 12 hour period cutting across the Appalachians into New England. NYC which has been hit hard by heavy rains will be hit again with heavy rains. The Mid-Atlantic from Philly south to Richmond will be in the severe weather zone and could see storms with strong wind gusts and perhaps even a tornado. It’s not out of the question that Ida brings a period of winds gusting over 40 mph to these areas Wednesday afternoon.

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Come further north, dang it. We need some drought-busting rains here in west central and northern Maine! Not southern New England!