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Heavy rains flood streets in Recife ahead of US-Germany match

  • Motorcyclists make their way down a flooded street after heavy rain storms in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany will be played at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife today.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Motorcyclists make their way down a flooded street after heavy rain storms in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany will be played at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife today. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

  • A FIFA official tests the pitch as rain pours down prior to the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    A FIFA official tests the pitch as rain pours down prior to the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman waits on the sidewalk on a flooded street after heavy rain storms in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany will be played at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife today.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    A woman waits on the sidewalk on a flooded street after heavy rain storms in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany will be played at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife today. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

A tropical downpour has flooded roads and is slowing traffic to the stadium in northeastern Brazil where the U.S. is playing Germany for a chance to advance into the World Cup's knockout phase.

Brazil's National Institute of Meteorology says more than 3 inches (76 millimeters) of rain has fallen in the city of Recife in the past 24 hours.

As kickoff neared, many streets in Recife were submerged in ankle- to thigh-high water. Several cars were stalled on multilane thoroughfares and cabs were hard to come by.

Rain is expected to continue on and off throughout the day, with temperatures forecast to hover above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius).