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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Rainfall overnight shatters 32-year-old record

Flooding on Factoria Boulevard Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Bellevue Police Department)

Flooding on Factoria Boulevard Wednesday morning. (Bellevue Police Department photo)

The overnight rainstorm not only gave your lawn a much-needed watering, it shattered a 32-year-old record.

According to the National Weather Service, .85 inches of rain have fallen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since 1 a.m. This shatters a record of .33 inches set in 1982.

“1.33 inches fell since 9:53 p.m. last night. This is fairly uncommon for summer months,” said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Smith said rain showers are lightening this morning, but they remain in the forecast. There’s a 50 percent chance additional rain will fall throughout today.

In Bellevue, the flooding was so terrible that the 3800 block of Factoria Boulevard was closed for several hours. Bellevue police Tweeted an image of two cars with water levels up to their hoods.

Seattle City Light reported it had about 4,300 customers without power early Wednesday in the White Center area.

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