The latest heavy rain across the Northeast, from a wind-powered storm that seemed to flood roads and basements almost as quickly as it snapped umbrellas inside out, threatened to set records as officials worried about rising water.
The Interstate 95 corridor was a particular concern. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri of Rhode Island was urging residents to go home by dinnertime to avoid what he called the most severe flooding in 100 years, according to The Associated Press. He said that I-95, a lifeline in between Boston and New York, might have to be closed.