East Coast Braces for Severe Storms, Heavy Rain

iStock/Thinkstock(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.


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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.



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.

Meanwhile, a separate storm system in the southern Gulf of Mexico is threatening parts of Florida's west coast, as a tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Colin Sunday afternoon. With winds at 40 miles per hour, the storm is moving north towards Tampa at 9 miles per hour.

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 much as three inches of rain is expected with higher amounts possible.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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