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BWI parking lots flooded in record rainfall

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Photo - A partially submerged car sits on a flooded section of Interstate 695 in Baltimore, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, after heavy rains fell across the Mid-Atlantic region. Officials shut down the Baltimore beltway in both directions at Quarantine Road due to heavy flooding. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A partially submerged car sits on a flooded section of Interstate 695 in Baltimore, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, after heavy rains fell across the Mid-Atlantic region. Officials shut down the Baltimore beltway in both directions at Quarantine Road due to heavy flooding. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — A record rainfall at BWI has led to flooding at the airport's parking lots and nearby roads.

National Weather Service meteorologist Heather Sheffield said that by 5 p.m. Tuesday, 6.27 inches of rain at fallen at the airport since 8 a.m. She says that breaks a record rainfall set on Aug. 12, 1955, when 4.91 inches of rain fell. And it had not stopped raining.

BWI spokeswoman Whitney Kidd said the rain was not affecting air traffic, but there was some flooding on surrounding roads, and some parking lots had flooded.

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