PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Hurricane Irene is barreling up the eastern seaboard toward a Philadelphia that has already seen the wettest month in recorded history, breaking a century-old record.

The National Weather Service said Friday that the .61 inches of rain that fell at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday raised the August rainfall total to 13.61 inches.

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That broke the previous August record of 12.10 inches — which was set back in 1911.

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Forecasters say that also made August 2011 the all-time wettest month on record, breaking the old record of 13.07 inches set in September 1999, mostly due to another storm — Hurricane Floyd.

But the month isn’t over yet — and forecasters note that Hurricane Irene can be counted on to add additional rainfall to push those totals even higher.

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