Over the weekend in parts of the East Coast of the United States, at least four people lost their lives due to a powerful storm that battered these areas and expanded northeast on Monday. This storm caused power outages, destroyed roads, and forced evacuations in a community. In South Carolina, a 72-year-old woman died when her vehicle became submerged during a storm, as reported by The USA Herald. The city’s coroner’s office confirmed that the death was storm-related. The region experienced rainfall exceeding 150 mm on Sunday.
In Pennsylvania, a 73-year-old man lost his life early on Monday after his vehicle became submerged in high waters due to heavy rains, according to the Lancaster County coroner’s office. In Maine, a 40-year-old man died on Monday while attempting to remove a large piece of fallen tree during a windstorm. He was struck by another tree fragment, according to authorities.
In Massachusetts, an 89-year-old man lost his life on Monday when a tree collapsed onto his small travel trailer due to strong winds and rain. Trapped inside, he suffered severe head injuries and was transported to a hospital, where he passed away, reported District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
On Monday, the storm system unleashed strong winds and rains throughout the Northeast, dumping between 50 and 100 mm of water across much of the region in 24 hours, with reports of up to 127 mm just northwest of New York City. Authorities issued a flood warning for the Bronx on Monday night, alerting to possible flooding in low-lying and poorly drained areas. In northern New Jersey, the mayor of Little Falls warned of significant flooding in areas near the Passaic River and called for evacuation before midnight. The National Weather Service projected a major flooding stage in Little Falls on Tuesday, warning of possible catastrophic flooding.
“Residents are taking responsibility by staying at home. Flooding can pose dangers that could even impede rescues overnight,” said Mayor James Belford Damiano. In both Maine and New Hampshire, multiple water rescues were reported on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm’s impacts persist.
Although the storm reached Canada on Monday night, its effects lingered, and the threat of flooding remained active for multiple communities, including parts of Maine, where a flash flood warning remained in effect until the early hours of Tuesday.
Windy conditions will also persist in much of the Northeast on Tuesday. Although the rain will largely cease by Monday night, some flooding may take time to recede, and some rivers will peak until Wednesday. While some communities begin recovering from severe weather, hundreds of thousands of people remain in the dark on Monday night.
At 9 pm, more than 660,000 customers across the Northeast were without electricity. Most of these outages were concentrated in Maine, where over 420,000 customers were without power out of the more than 852,000 tracked. Concurrently, on Monday, over 500 flights in the U.S. were canceled, and more than 4,700 experienced delays.
Published by The USA Herald, news and information agency.”