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New Jersey Cities Cleaning Up From Irene Set For More Rain


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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey cities still cleaning up from flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and remnants of Tropical Storm Lee could see up to 5 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire state through Saturday afternoon.

Forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of rain are possible in New Jersey over the weekend, with up to 5 inches coming in some spots. In nearby Philadelphia, up to 3 inches are possible.

And even after the worst is over, rain is in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.

The flooding was spurred by heavy rains from Lee, which came days after Irene soaked the region. Irene was blamed for 47 deaths in 13 states.

Forecasters say the ground remains soggy and can’t absorb much more water.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)