Thursday, June 26, 2014

Biblical Floods Threaten USA-Germany World Cup Match in Recife, Brazil


USA fans head to the stadium in Recife, Brazil ahead of the U.S. Men's National Team's match vs. Germany on Thursday, July 26, 2014.

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BY BRIAN RIES AND ANDREW FREEDMAN9 minutes ago

The city that's playing host to Thursday's much-anticipated USA vs. Germany World Cup match is underwater.

Recife is located in the northeastern most portion of Brazil, only about 190 miles south of Natal, which was also struck by flooding rains this month. News reports show that the city has received at least three inches of rain in less than 24 hours, which comes after an already unusually rainy month.

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The culprit is a flow of moisture-rich air off the ocean, and Brazil's meteorological service as well as international centers had flagged that part of Brazil, as well as the southeast, as having a likelihood of above average rainfall this summer.

Fans of both teams who are headed to the noon ET match are struggling to reach the stadium, with some roads nearly impassable due to what looks to be foot-deep water. But as things stand now, FIFA officials say the game is on.

Many people are sharing photos and videos of their epic march to the game on Instagram. You can see some of the footage in the interactive map, embedded below. Keep scrolling to see all the tweets and photos from Recife, Brazil.

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