Heavy downpours lead to flash flooding


The first few days of August has seen its fair share of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Muggy weather with a side of thunderstorms and heavy downpours has been on the menu for western Massachusetts weather lately. 

Jose Padilla of Springfield told 22News, “The rain is just coming and the wipers are going back and forth. And for me it doesn’t do nothing.”

According to 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin, the humidity is to blame. He said, “The more humid the air is, almost the higher the rainfall rates can be. And at times, we’ve had one to two inches rainfall per hour.”

After some strong and severe storms Friday, more storms with heavy downpours moved through western Massachusetts Saturday morning.

The torrential rains caused some flash flooding and forced drivers to slow down. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard, according to the National Weather service. 

All it takes a mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult. And 12 inches of rushing water can carry away a small car. So remember, if you see flooding, turn around don’t drown.

According to Meteorologist Nick Bannin, the rain will taper off Saturday evening. People heading back to work can expect drier weather this upcoming work week.

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