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Heavy Rain Causes Flooding Along East Coast

July 16, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Heavy rain fell over the central East Coast on Sunday, causing scattered flooding that forced residents from one apartment building and closed some rural roads, and an apparent tornado caused damage in Durham, N.C.

Showers and thunderstorms were widespread from North Carolina into southern New York state. The ground in much of that region was already saturated after recent heavy rain.

Flood watches were posted through the night for parts of Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Officials evacuated 18 to 20 residents of one apartment complex in Chapel Hill, N.C., when a nearby creek rose out of its banks.

Law enforcement officials in Granville County, N.C., said some secondary roads washed out after an estimated 3 to 3.5 inches of rain fell in six hours.

In Durham, a police officer reported seeing a funnel cloud touch down and a 50-foot section of a concrete storage building was destroyed, authorities said. The National Weather Service said a tornado had not been confirmed.

On the North Carolina coast, a waterspout was reported in Pamlico Sound between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Also, a thunderstorm at the Alligator River Bridge caused wind gusts of up to 50 mph, the weather service said.

High water closed four rural highways in central Perry County, Pa., authorities said.

Storms dumped around 5 inches of rain at Madison, Va., about 4.25 inches at Kinsale, Va., 3.80 at Whalleysville, Md., and 3.06 at Hollywood, Md. Patuxent River, Md., picked up 3.97 inches in four hours.

Landisburg, Pa., got 4.25 inches of rain and 3.30 inches of rain was reported at Blain, Pa., while 4.20 inches fell in Cumberland County in central Virginia.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms spread from southern Mississippi into South Carolina and covered much of Florida. Apalachicola, Fla., got 1.79 inches of rain in the six hours up to 2 p.m. EDT.

Elsewhere, thunderstorms also developed over east-central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

Showers developed over eastern Arizona, western New Mexico, and along the South Dakota and Nebraska border. Showers lingered along the Washington and Oregon coast.

Midland, Texas, warmed to a record high of 103 degrees.

Temperatures around the nation at 3 p.m. EDT ranged from 56 degrees at both Port Angeles and Bremerton, Wash., to 103 at San Angelo, Texas. Sunday’s low in the Lower 48 states was 30 at Truckee, Calif.

For Monday, scattered showers and thunderstorms were forecast across the northern and central Plains to the lower Mississippi Valley, and from the Southeast to New England. Scattered showers were forecast along the Oregon and Washington coast.

Highs in the 70s were predicted from the Great Lakes to New England, and over western Washington and northwestern Oregon; in the 90s over the central and southern Rockies, parts of the southern Plains, Louisiana and Florida; above 100 over sections of southwestern and south-central Texas, the desert Southwest and parts of the central and southern valleys of California; and in the 80s over the rest of the nation.

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