Drenching storms shatter records, strand motorists around DC, Baltimore Tuesday evening

Drenching thunderstorms moved into the northeastern United States Tuesday afternoon and evening, resulting in numerous flash flooding reports throughout the region.

In Washington, D.C., heavy rain prompted flooding on the George Washington Memorial Parkway near Reagan National Airport. The flooding left cars stranded during the evening rush hour.

Several water rescues were reported on the parkway by the Arlington, Virginia, Fire Department. In total, 40 people were removed from 25 stranded vehicles, according to the fire department.

Daily rainfall records were set in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. A total of 2.53 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Airport broke the previous daily record of 2.25 inches from 1947.

Reagan National Airport reported 2.79 inches, which broke the previous record of 2.05 inches from 1945.

Through the first 16 days of the month, the nation's capital did not receive a mere 0.01 of an inch of rain, making it the driest first half of July on record for the city. Following the rainfall, the city has now received about 75 percent of its normal rainfall for July.

In New York City, a rare funnel cloud was reported over New York Harbor and was later confirmed by the National Weather Service in New York.

Photos and videos emerged on social media of subway stations in Times Square inundated by the rainfall.

Many streets around Worcester, Massachusetts, were closed due to flooding and emergency management officials urged motorists to avoid the affected areas. The Worcester Fire Department said it responded to over 100 storm-related calls during the afternoon.

"Please take notice that it is strongly advised to not to walk on flooded city streets due to possible uncovered manholes and other unseen debris and safety hazards," officials said.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 17: A person makes their way out of the rain before the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park on Monday, July 17, 2018. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JULY 17: People walk over a pedestrian crossing with their umbrellas on a rainy day in New York, United States on July 17, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JULY 17: People walk over a pedestrian crossing with their umbrellas on a rainy day in New York, United States on July 17, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A delivery person rides a bike during a heavy midday downpour in Times Square in New York City, U.S., July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Gorgeous new water fixture at Times Square @NYCTSubway https://t.co/p7x3wUkizP
#BREAKING - Serious flash flooding happening right now in Worcester. Video from Juan Ortiz. #7News https://t.co/TTRzB8M9di
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 17: A general view of Nationals Park during a rainstorm prior to the 89th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Scene through a damp car window, a woman carries an umbrella in the rain along 12th Street NW on Tuesday July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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