Record-shattering overnight rainfall — some five to eleven inches — left St. Louis area residents scrambling to manage their commutes or even find a safe way out of their homes when they woke up on Tuesday morning.
According to weather reports, the overnight deluge broke the previous record of 6.85 inches, set on August 20, 1915, as the area was hit with the remnants of the Galveston hurricane. Most parts of the area saw between five inches and eleven inches, but some reported over a foot of rain from Monday night into Tuesday morning.
The rainfall had already surpassed the record by 5:36am local time, when the National Weather Service St. Louis shared an update.
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“***Record Daily Rainfall at St. Louis***” the tweet announced. “St. Louis has recorded