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Major Storm Threatens East Coast with Flooding and Tornadoes

Over 60 million people along the East Coast are bracing for potential flooding this weekend due to a significant rain and wind storm.

The storm, yet to form, is expected to develop in the Gulf of Mexico from “multiple disturbances,” according to The Weather Channel.

The National Weather Service (NWS) indicates this system will merge with a smaller disturbance from the West Coast.

Immediate Threats and Predictions

Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams from The Weather Channel, speaking on “CBS Mornings,” warned of strong winds, rip currents, and large waves already affecting the area.

Florida faces the immediate threat of damaging winds, flooding, and possible tornadoes through Sunday.

Approximately 12 million people are at risk of severe storms and tornadoes, per the NWS. Southern Georgia also faces a slight risk of excessive rainfall.

Escalating Conditions

“The strongest winds will spread from Florida into the southeast Saturday into Sunday,” Abrams stated. “By Monday, the Northeast will be gusting higher than 50 miles an hour.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis activated the State Guard for assistance, anticipating impacts like flooding and isolated tornadoes. Similarly, NYC Mayor Eric Adams activated the city’s flash flood emergency plan and issued a travel advisory.

Northward Movement and Severity

By Sunday night, the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic region will experience heavy rain, gusty winds, and potential flooding.

The storm will reach the Northeast by Monday, with rain and strong winds expected. In regions like the Great Lakes and Appalachias, rain may turn to snow.

Abrams predicts “three to five inches of rain,” a forecast echoed by maps from the National Weather Service, showing 1.75 to 4 inches of rain as the storm moves northward.

With information from CBS News.

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