September 30th, 2010. Tropical Storm Nicole is pumping massive amounts of moisture up the eastern seaboard bringing heavy rains, tornadoes and damaging winds to many locations. Flood Warnings were in places for over 48 hours as heavy rain continued to fall over the same areas. During the afternoon several storms showed weak to moderate mid/low level rotation due to a strong vertical shear profile. The result, a Tornado Watch was issued by the National Weather Service until 8pm EST. As these storms ripped though my area, I was able to capture a mid level funnel on video. Here are some photos from the historic flooding, which occurred September 30th and October 1st, 2010
Hiding from the Rain.
This is where the British crossed the Brandywine to defeat us at the Battle of the Brandywine. Oddly enough it was fought on September 11th, 1777. This was a key victory for the British, it left Philadelphia undefended and the British took control of the capitol on September 26th, 1777, and held control until June 1778. This photo was taken October 1st, 2010.
Residential evacuations take place when the flood stage reaches around 12feet. The river was forecasted to rise up to 14feet, but It went higher than that. Many people had significant water damage along the Brandywine.
Only a portion of a fence peaks above the water. Many Locations were completely submerged with up to 18feet of water!
Heavy Rain and strong winds continued to blast us most of the Day Thursday.
Downtown West Chester, Pa
As night fell upon me, the rain began to intensify ten fold. Rainfall rates of 2″+per hour soaked us all night.
10:30pm. West Chester, Pa
Walking home in the rain
After a very long night, many people wake up to see the damage caused by the historic rainfall. We really haven’t seen any rain in almost 1 month before this system decided to march on in. When all said and done nearly 10″ of rain fell in less than 24hours. This was the result.