18 years ago today, Tropical Storm Floyd dumped excessive rainfall, spurring record flooding

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Tropical Storm Floyd moved along the New Jersey coastline on Sept. 16, 1999, dropping over a foot of rain in inland locations but inflicting only minor to locally moderate beach erosion at the Jersey Shore, according to the National Weather Service. "Floyd will be best remembered for the rain he produced throughout the Mid-Atlantic region," a report issued by the NWS office in Mount Holly, NJ said. A stalled frontal system oriented from the Northern Delmarva to Central Jersey "provided a focusing mechanism for heavy rain as Floyd moved north," the report said.  While the Jersey Shore was spared significant impacts -- courtesy of heavy rain focused inland, non-damaging winds, and minor coastal flooding -- the Raritan River basin was particularly...

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