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Northeast thunderstorms cause flash flooding, major airport delays

Posted July 17, 2018 2:31 p.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2018 4:43 p.m. EDT

— A line of storms extending hundreds of miles from New England to the Mid-Atlantic region is causing havoc through the major metro hubs in the Northeast United States on Tuesday.

Multiple hour delays are reported from Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington metro airports, and delays will continue well into the evening as the storms move through the region.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches for areas covering nearly 30 million people, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston, where 2-4 inches of rain will fall.

Time-lapse video from Allen Fisk on Instagram showed the storm roll into Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, shrouding the city in clouds.

Michael Uturn captured video from downtown Brooklyn of a funnel cloud over the New York Harbor on Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service New York posted on its Twitter account that from the videos it saw, "there was no apparent sign of the circulation touching the water."

Flightaware.com reports over 3,400 flights have been delayed and 2,000 canceled so far on Tuesday, mostly through New York metro airports.

These are the current average delays for major airports as of 1:45 p.m. ET Tuesday, as reported by the FAA:

Boston -- 2 hours Newark -- 5 hours 40 minutes LaGuardia -- 3 hours 50 minutes JFK -- 5 Hours 15 min Philadelphia -- 3 hours 10 min Baltimore Washington -- 5 hours 30 minutes Reagan National -- 30 minutes