Flash flood warnings were in effect until 8:15 p.m. Tuesday for Philadelphia, its nearby Pennsylvania suburbs, and until 9:30 p.m. in adjacent South Jersey, as a fresh round of downpours have struck during the peak homebound-commuting period.
Flooding shut down Route 130 at Route 47 in Brooklawn, Camden County, and the right lane of 130 near 70 was shut down by flooding and a disabled vehicle.
And an eastbound lane of the Schuylkill was closed between Belmont Avenue and Hollow Lane.
Widespread flooding was reported in Bucks County, where the Delaware River was sloshing over at Morrisville, the National Weather Service said. Up to 10 inches of water was reported atop West Trenton Avenue in Morrisville.
Waters on Frankford Creek rose to near major flooding levels, and above the minor level along the Delaware River at Burlington.
About a third of an inch of rain fell at Philadelphia International Airport between 4 and 5 p.m.
The latest round of downpours resulted from a slow-moving front near the I-95 corridor, the weather service said.
The storms likely got an extra jolt from the fact that the sun actually came out for a while during the afternoon, supplying some extra heating to fuel convection.
This month already was in the rarefied zone for September rainfall, and Tuesday's downpours pushed the monthly total to 8.72 inches, good for seventh place on the all-time September list dating to 1871 in Philadelphia.
As we noted, the city marked an official milestone with Sunday's rain: It pushed the annual precipitation total — which includes rain and melted snow, sleet, and hail — to 41.58 inches. The annual normal is 41.53.