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Flooding soaks east and west U.S.

Philadelphia hits rainfall record, tour bus in AZ swept down a wash

July 29, 2013

Heavy rains soaked states along the U.S. East Coast, triggering flooding in North Carolina that officials blamed for two deaths.

Authorities said a 10-year-old girl and a 48-year-old man died in a creek in Caldwell County wile on a Saturday family outing because of the weather, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Heavy rain moved into the Charlotte area Saturday, when a nearly stationary weather system dumped more than a foot of rain in some parts of Catawba, Lincoln and Cleveland counties.

A record all-time daily rainfall of 8.26 inches of rain fell Sunday at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the national Weather Service. That number increased overnight from an earlier measurement of 7.99 inches.

The airport experienced a power outage at Terminal A East around 5 p.m. Sunday, according to spokesperson Vicki Lupica. Power was restored several hours later around 9:45 p.m.

It was the same in the western United States.

Flash flood water swept a tour bus with 33 people aboard hundreds of yards down a wash in northwestern Arizona, flipping the vehicle on its side but injuring none, officials said.

There were some swift-water rescues of stranded motorists Saturday night after a storm dropped nearly 2 inches of rain in about 90 minutes around Kingman, Arizona, according to Chris Stumpf, a National Weather Service forecaster in Los Vegas.

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