Weather Update: Flash Floods Lead To Several N.H. Rescues

Sep 18, 2018

The National Weather Service radar map shows the rain storm over New Hampshire on Sept. 18, 7 a.m.
Credit NWS

1:00 PM: 

via The Associated Press

A deluge from the remnants of Hurricane Florence has flooded parts of New Hampshire, forcing firefighters to rescue several people.

In Derry, Fire Chief Chief Mike Gagnon said seven people were rescued by boat Tuesday after water rose 5 to 6 feet outside several small businesses in an industrial area. He said eight others were assisted to higher ground, and about 15 cars were flooded.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Legro the rain was fast and furious, with more than 5 inches falling in Auburn in six hours. He said the worst of the rain was over by midday.

The death toll from the storm is at least 32 in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina. The hurricane made landfall late last week in the Carolinas.

9:55 AM:

The National Weather Service is extending their flood advisory to include southwestern Maine and parts of Rockingham county in southern New Hampshire. 

Heavy rain will cause urban and small stream flooding in communities including Portsmouth, Hampton, Kittery, Greenland, Seabrook, Rye, Newington, Stratham, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, and New Castle.

9:20 AM:

The remnants of tropical storm Florence are moving through New Hampshire today and heavy rain is in the forecast until tonight.

A flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Rockingham, Cheshire, and Hillsborough counties.

Up to three inches of rain have already fallen in and around the Manchester area.

Towns on alert for flooding include Manchester, Nashua, Derry, Keene, Hampton, Exeter, Jaffrey, Merrimack, Salem, Bedford, Milford, Hooksett, Amherst, Litchfield, Hollis, Epping, Peterborough, New Boston, Brentwood, and Winchester.

The rain is expected to clear out by this evening.