By Steve Strouss
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Andrea was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone today, but not before dumping copious amounts of rainfall on the area. During its highest point, Andrea was a Tropical Storm with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.
The heaviest rainfall moved through Friday afternoon, and left a widespread area of more than two and a half inches across the Philadelphia region. Philadelphia set an all time daily rainfall record with over 3 inches of rain, drowning the previous record of 1.79” last set on June 7, 1904. Some areas in the region received more than four inches and flood warnings remain in effect for many of the Delaware Valley’s creeks and streams.
The winds from Andrea were never much of a concern, as gusts in the area rarely topped 30 miles per hour. The strongest gusts remained on the eastern side of the storm’s center, which kept the highest gusts over the ocean.
The 11pm update from the National Hurricane Center has Andrea located 30 miles south of Cape May, NJ with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and the remnants of the storm are racing northeast at 35 miles per hour.
Flash Flood Watches remain in effect overnight as the back edge of Andrea pushes through the region bringing higher rainfall totals. Andrea will continue to move northeast before taking an eastward turn, late on Saturday, out in to the Atlantic Ocean. Sunshine will return as early as this weekend but additional chances of rain are in the 7day forecast. Stay with the CBS3 Weather team to keep you updated on the storm.