(NEW YORK) — More than 60 million East Coasters from Georgia to New York were under the threat of severe weather Sunday, as a potentially damaging storm system moved eastward across the United States.
Areas of northern North Carolina to central New Jersey were under the greatest threat for strong winds and numerous rainstorms. Large hail and some isolated tornadoes were possible, too.
Flash flooding was also a possibility, according to weather forecasts. More than seven inches of rain fell in Virginia’s Albemarle and Nelson counties Sunday morning, blocking roadways.
Torrential rain was reported in Raleigh, North Carolina, and storms in Gillsville, Georgia, had already brought down trees and damaged homes.
Storm damage in Gillsville, Georgia. A lot of trees down and some homes damaged. pic.twitter.com/Yp0b9MsX9z
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 5, 2016
Along parts of the Gulf Coast, the threat for more heavy rain and flash flooding continued Sunday morning after heavy rainfall and flooding was reported Saturday.
Officials in some Houston suburbs reported that more than eight inches of rain fell in three hours on Saturday, flooding an area called Baytown.
A separate storm system was threatening parts of Florida’s west coast on Sunday, as a tropical storm warning was issued Sunday morning from Indian Pass to Englewood.
A newly formed tropical depression was reported about 550 miles southwest of Tampa in the southern Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. Forecasters expected the storm to strengthen as the system moves into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, likely becoming Tropical Storm Colin by Sunday night.
The National Hurricane Center forecast calls for this system to make a landfall along the northwestern Florida coast, near the “big bend,” by Monday evening. This system could bring heavy rain and possible flash flooding across northern Florida; as many as three inches of rain is expected with higher amounts possible.
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