A car is abandoned on a flooded Reddington St. following heavy rains and flash flooding in Bayshore, N.Y. on Aug. 13, 2014.
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August 13, 2014 1:18 PM EDT

A historic storm system flooded cars, turned parking lots into lakes and smashed records on New York’s Long Island, where one town got more than a foot of rain in just six hours on Wednesday.

Flash-flood watches were in effect across New England as the dousing chugged east. The National Weather Service described the Long Island flooding as dangerous and life-threatening. The town of Islip, which had never recorded more than seven inches of rain in a single day, reported almost 13 inches. The pictures looked like something out of a hurricane…

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