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Heavy, Soaking Rain Expected To Make Mess Of Thursday Morning Commute

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A rough morning commute was expected on Thursday, as waves of pouring rain were expected to move in.

A low-pressure system was hovering around eastern West Virginia late Wednesday night, and was expected to set up first around Cape May, New Jersey, and then work its way to Long Island – bringing major rainfall to the Tri-State Area.

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Computer models show widespread, heavy rain beginning at 4 a.m. and continuing as late as 10 a.m.

Delays are likely in the morning commute, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported.

Rainfall totals are likely to top out at 1.2 inches in New York City; 0.6 inches in Monticello and Poughkeepsie; 1.1 inches in Toms River, New Jersey; 1.5 inches in Coram; and 1.8 inches in Levittown, Quinn reported.

The area is already over the average amount of rainfall for this time of year by about 1 inch, Quinn reported.

The storm system is the same one that left a trail of damage across several states – including Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa, WBBM-TV, CBS 2 Chicago reported. But the storms was only expected to cause heavy rain in the Tri-State Area.

Heavy rains, thunderstorms, and flooding whipped through that section of the country this past Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, causing residents to run for cover and take caution on the roadways, CBS Chicago reported.

Hail slammed into parts of Omaha, Nebraska, as the storms rolled through, with some hailstones the size of baseballs in some parts of the state. Twelve people even suffered minor injuries after being struck by hail, CBS Chicago reported.

The significant rains in Nebraska also caused flooding that trapped residents in homes and cars. Police and fire crews had to use rescue boats to reach many stranded residents, CBS Chicago reported.

There were also reports of tornados touching down in Nebraska and Iowa, CBS Chicago reported. In Iowa, wind gusts reached as high as 100 mph in some areas.

Back in the Tri-State Area, the rain is expected to move out of the area by Thursday afternoon, as the high tops out at 72 degrees.

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