Severe Weather and Flash Floods Impacting Northeast and 11 States Across the U.S.
A fresh heatwave is currently affecting 60 million residents in 13 states, triggering heat alerts on Thursday.
Record-breaking or nearly record-breaking temperatures are anticipated for Thursday in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with the thermometer possibly hitting 100 degrees. New Orleans is also expected to experience sweltering conditions at 98 degrees, while San Antonio might soar to 102 degrees.
On Wednesday, College Station, Texas, and Baton Rouge set new record temperatures, scorching at 106 degrees and 102 degrees, respectively.
California and Arizona are under an excessive heat warning as a scorching heat wave sweeps through the region.
The Los Angeles metro area, including Burbank, is bracing for soaring temperatures, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees over the upcoming weekend. The National Weather Service is cautioning residents, especially those without air conditioning, that overnight lows in certain inland areas might remain above 80 degrees, posing challenges for sensitive groups to find relief from the heat.
Continuing from the Rockies to the Midwest, severe storms and floods are anticipated. On Wednesday, flash flooding was observed from Iowa to Missouri due to heavy rainfall exceeding 8 inches in a short span. In Utah, severe storms brought about wind gusts of up to 77 mph, while parts of Missouri experienced tennis ball-sized hail. Thursday is expected to bring more severe weather from Colorado to Georgia, with damaging winds and large hail posing the main threats, although an isolated tornado cannot be discounted.
Late Thursday night into Friday, some of the severe weather is expected to shift into the Northeast. On Friday, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England may experience severe weather, with damaging winds and large hail posing significant risks.
Flood alerts have been issued for 11 states stretching from Montana to Alabama. Slow-moving storms in these regions could bring heavy rainfall of 3 to 5 inches in a short duration, leading to potential flash flooding.
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