Five Dead in Northeast Floods

    A floodgate holds back the swollen Susquehanna River as a man crosses Market Street, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, in Kingston, Pa. Widespread flooding brought on by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee was being blamed for two deaths in Pennsylvania, where inundated communities were evacuated and state offices closed down on Thursday because of the rising waters. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Matt Rourke / AP Photo

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped enough rain on the Northeast Thursday to bring flooding and mudslides to the Philadelphia area, and officials said three people in central Pennsylvania had died as a result of the storm. Over 100,000 people were evacuated throughout Pennsylvania and upstate New York, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a “major flooding situation.” In Philadelphia, the heavy rains overnight sparked mudslides and flooding, caused several major roadways to be completely blocked off during rush hour, and shut down the commuter railways. In Harrisburg, the Capitol and state office buildings were closed, and crews removed furniture from the governor's mansion. The rain let up around midday, but forecasters warned that more rain is ahead for the rest of the week while the storm is expected to break up and move toward the Ohio Valley. The heavy rains extended south to Washington, D.C. and Virginia, where at least two people were killed. Some of Washington's major roads, including the Beltway and Interstate 66, were closed due to the flooding.

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