Wild World of Weather: Floods and rainbows

(WVUE) - Torrential rains in the northeast this week flooded parts of Maine.

In Portland and the surrounding areas, three-inches of rain fell in a 90 minute period flooding many roadways Wednesday night. Record rainfall in Suffolk County New York caused massive flooding Wednesday morning. County officials said 13.1 inches of rain fell on long island in just a matter of a few hours. Floodwaters left some drivers stuck for hours.

Incredible footage of floodwaters was captured last weekend at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Nebraska. Early Saturday morning, a flood suddenly burst through the locked doors of the hospital cafeteria. Nine feet of gushing water overwhelmed the hospital building. Administrators say heavy rain backed up the city's sewer. A basement flooded as well from too much water to too much dust!

In Washington, a haboob swept through the eastern part of the state. The footage was captured on Tuesday about 50 miles southwest of Spokane.

Haboobs are formed when air is forced down and pushed forward by the front of a traveling thunderstorm cell. They can pack winds of up to 60 miles an hour to stir up dust and sand.

And after some storms in our area earlier this week, things brightened up.

One of our FOX 8 Facebook friends sent us a picture on Monday with the caption "rainbow greetings at Port Fourchon."

That's a look at this week's wild world of weather.

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