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Heavy rains cause flooding at Jersey Shore and in Philly as Tropical Storm Fay deluges the region

PHILADELPHIA -- Tropical Storm Fay has wrung out heavy rains turning streets in Shore towns into a version of Venice by the sea, triggering flood warnings on the mainland, setting a rainfall record Philadelphia, and inundated parts of South Jersey with over 5 inches of rain.

Fay made landfall just north of Atlantic City shortly before 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center said, quite close to where Sandy arrived on land in 2012, the last time a named storm came ashore in the Garden State.

Along the way it generated heavy rains from the beaches to Philadelphia's western suburbs.

Flooding closed the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway from the Vine Expressway to Spring Garden, and both the Pennypack and Frankford Creeks sloshed over their banks.

By 4 p.m., just over 3 inches of rain had been measured officially at Philadelphia International Airport, a record for a July 10; the old record was 2.99, set in 1931.

 

-- Philadelphia Inquirer

Man points gun at SC Black Lives Matter demonstration, protesters say

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Protesters demonstrating against Confederate monument supporters at the S.C. State House say a driver passing by pointed a gun at them Friday morning.

The incident occurred as different groups gathered at the State House on the five-year anniversary of the Confederate flag's removal from the State House grounds.

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