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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