What to Know After Severe Storms Hit Vast Areas of the U.S.

Strong winds and heavy rain left hundreds of thousands of utility customers in the eastern United States without power on Wednesday. Roads and buildings across a wide region were flooded and battered by the storm, with some rivers and streams still rising. At least four weather-related deaths were reported in the Southeast on Tuesday, and an apparent tornado tore through homes in businesses around Panama City Beach, Fla. In one Alabama town, hail the size of baseballs fell. The bad weather was part of a series of storms that swept across the country this week , drenching parts of the Northeast while blizzard conditions walloped the Pacific Northwest and strong winds ripped through the South. Another storm — followed by Arctic temperatures — is expected on Friday. Flooding is still a risk, even after the worst of the rain. Though the storm itself had moved beyond the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions by Wednesday afternoon, runoff from the rain continued to pose a risk of flooding . More than 100 river and tidal gauges in the eastern part of the country reported water levels that were at flood stage, and many of the rivers will remain high through the end of the week, when more rain could fall. Heavy rainfall in Rhode Island led to road closures, and about 35 people were evacuated from homes in the town of West Warwick. In Connecticut, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in New London County after a partial dam break on the Yantic River, and the city of Norwich ordered residents living near the river to evacuate . In New Jersey, the Passaic River, which flooded last month , is not expected to crest until early Thursday evening. Mayor Andre Sayegh of Paterson, the state’s third-largest city, declared a […]

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