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Whatcom is used to rain falling this time of year, but what happened Sunday?

An entire month’s worth of rain fell in a few hours Sunday across Whatcom County, causing minor flooding and some erosion but no significant damage or injuries were reported.

And more wet, blustery weather is on the way this week.

“Drive with caution — do not drive through standing water,” Bellingham Police tweeted Sunday as several intersections around the city flooded when storm drains couldn’t keep pace with the downpour.

“It did rain like mad for about an hour,” said Chris Burke, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Rainfall was so torrential that parking lots flooded, including one at the Costco, and the Port of Bellingham closed its new waterfront bike park Sunday because of erosion damage.

A total of 1.75 inches of rain fell Sunday as recorded at Bellingham International Airport, breaking the daily record of .71 inches set in 2004, according to National Weather Service records.

Normal monthly rainfall for September is 1.78 inches.

September rainfall of 3.24 inches is now almost double the normal monthly amount.

Burke said Bellingham will see more rain Tuesday, along with windy conditions.

“Basically, this is the first storm like this of the season,” Burke said.

Up to an inch more rain could fall Tuesday, and south winds will blow at 20 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph, Burke said..

There’s a chance of showers Wednesday, followed by clear skies Thursday and more rain for Friday and the weekend, according to the weather service’s online forecast.

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.