Torrential rain floods Recife, location of U.S.-Germany World Cup match (PICTURES)

10:41 a.m. update: FIFA is reporting the game will be played on time, via the Post’s World Cup live blog.

From 10:06 a.m.: Excessive rain has besieged Recife since Wednesday afternoon, the city hosting today’s World Cup match-up between U.S. and Germany at noon eastern. It is not yet clear if the rain, which has led to flooding in the area, will delay or postpone the pivotal showdown.

Via CNN: “Main roads are turning into rivers and the downpour hasn’t let up for nearly 12 hours. Access to the stadium is getting tough — a trip that is normally easy on a sunny day.”

Cindy Boren of the Post’s Soccer Insider posts this report: “Humidity was to be expected, but this is something else. By 9 a.m., CNN had reported that Recife had picked up 2.9 inches of rain. FIFA officials were expected to step onto the pitch later this morning to determine just how much water is standing and whether the match, scheduled to begin at noon EDT, can be played. It stands to reason that the pitch will be just fine, with far better drainage in place.” believes the game should go on: “There has been no official word as of yet on a possible delayed kick-off. However, judging by the state of the pitch at the moment, it seems unlikely that the match is in any danger of being either delayed or postponed.”

Yahoo Sports says a decision is pending: “Just over 2½ hours before kickoff, a FIFA official told Yahoo Sports that referee Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan had just departed his hotel, was on his way to the arena and would make a formal pitch inspection upon his arrival.”

ESPN says the decision will be made an hour before kickoff:

Weather observations from Recife’s airport indicate rain has fallen more or less continuously since 1 p.m. Wednesday. At 10 a.m., moderate rain was falling with a temperature of 73 degrees.

The rain has been rather localized and not part of larger weather system:

From radar, it appears the heaviest rain is moving away:

The forecast for the game itself calls for the chance of lingering showers, with high humidity and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Recife is the wettest World Cup host city, according to analysis from Alex Lamers, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service:

Here’s a set of photos and video of the flooding via Twitter:

(Correction, 11:47 a.m.: One photo (link) previously posted in this compilation was apparently not from Recife, but from Hurricane Irene in 2011.)

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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