Satellite image shows massive rain system

Satellite images of the storm that caused historic flooding in Baltimore and other parts of the Northeast show a system massive enough to rival some tropical storms that have hit the region.

The image above was taken Tuesday from several orbits of the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, or Suomi NPP, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite. See the original here, along with other NOAA satellite images.

The system stretched from the Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic coast to New England.

As much as 6 inches of rain caused widespread flooding in Detroit on Monday, that region's heaviest rainfall since 1925. It was blamed for at least one death, of a woman who suffered a seizure in her car on a flooded road in Warren, Mich.

Tuesday it hit the mid-Atlantic, with 6.3 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the second-heaviest single-day rainfall there on record and heaviest in 80 years. As much as 10 inches was reported in parts of northern Anne Arundel County.

And Wednesday morning it stranded commuters on Long Island, with a total of 13.26 inches at Long Island's MacArthur Airport in Islip setting a preliminary statewide record for the most rainfall in one area in a 24-hour period.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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