The National Weather Service in Boston/Norton has issued a flash flood warning for south central Essex and eastern Middlesex counties.
Affected areas could include: Lynn, Peabody, Salem, Beverly, North Andover, Saugus, Danvers, Wakefield, Reading & North Reading, Stoneham, Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynnfield, Middleton, Boxford, Hamilton, Topsfield, Manchester and Wenham.
According to Boston Patch, rain is expected through Monday at rates of 2-3 inches per hour with predicted thunderstorms set for Sunday.
Storms are predicted to continue throughout the week in Boston, with thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can follow the day-by-day forecast here.
Multiple Streets Are Flooded in Lynn
Photos have been posted to Twitter this morning showing multiple cars stuck in the rising floodwaters on Boston and Cottage streets.
WCVB reports, police are saying areas around Boston St. and the Lynnway are impassible.
“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” warned the National Weather Service in Boston. “Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.”
The City of Lynn Fire Department said that possible runoff from heavy rains “could cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.”
This Year’s Flooding Already ‘as Bad as Last Year’
On September 30th last year, 2 inches of rain fell in 40 minutes and flooded numerous streets in the city of Lynn. According to The Weather Channel, some homes in Boston saw their basements flooded and multiple cars were abandoned. Despite how bad it got in certain areas, local weather stations categorized the storm as a “very localized thunderstorm.” The National Weather Service issued only minor flooding advisories.
According to WCVB, 8 inches have already fallen in the city of Lynn today, August 12th, and the forecast doesn’t show relief until the end of the week.
This time around, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has issued a severe weather alert with risk of coastal flooding. Each county is categorized from minor to severe, most remaining at minor so far. You can follow those updates here.
Train Derailed in Boston/ Photo And Video Updates Every Hour
According to WBUR News, a Green Line E branch subway train derailed around 7 a.m. in Boston. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials reported that the train struck debris blown in by the storm and was only going 10mph. No one was injured.
This article is being updated.