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Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

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A car is abandoned on a flooded street following heavy rains and flash flooding in Bay Shore, N.Y., on Wednesday. The South Shore of Long Island along with the tri-state region saw record-setting rain that caused roads to flood. Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images hide caption

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