A wide range of severe weather is striking much of the U.S. 27 inches of rain fell in 24 hours in part of Hawaii, stranding dozens. Strong winds and possible tornadoes struck Virginia and North Carolina. (April 16)
NEW YORK – Severe weather continued to pound much of the U.S. on Monday morning, with flood warnings issued in New York City and other locations.
At about 7 a.m. ET, the city’s emergency system flashed on phones as rain lashed the skyscrapers of Manhattan and surrounding boroughs, accompanied by strong winds and occasional rolls of thunder.
North of New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley area and coastal Westchester County were slammed by heavy rain with reports of obstructions on some major highways and flash flooding warnings. The rain is expected to taper off in the afternoon.
The U.S. National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Advisory through 2 p.m. Monday for areas that include the Sound Shore in Westchester County. A flash flood warning also was issued for Rockland County.
And in New Jersey, thousands of Jersey Shore residents were without power Monday morning with the worst of the storm still to come.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, more than 5,000 homes and businesses in Monmouth County lacked power and more than 1,100 more in Ocean County were also affected, according to Jersey Central Power & Light Co.
In Holmdel, more than 2,800 homes were without power Sunday afternoon. More than 1,500 customers in Middletown, Asbury Park and Lakewood were also affected, according to the power company.
“We are experiencing power outages due to severe weather and are assessing damage,” JCP&L wrote on its website. “We will provide estimated restoration times when they are available.”
Ocean and Monmouth counties are under hazardous weather outlook and coastal flood warning through Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service expects high winds and gusts of up to nearly 40 miles per hour along the coast, which will likely bring down tree limbs and power lines throughout the region.
In addition, thunderstorms are expected to impact the Jersey Shore sometime until lunchtime on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service said the wintry precipitation and strong winds will continue to impact the Great Lakes and Northeast on Monday, bringing significant snow and freezing rain. Heavy rain is also possible in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England on Monday, along with coastal flooding. The storm will finally weaken late Monday, the weather service said.
The unrelenting wild weather saw as much as two feet of snow dumped on the Upper Midwest on Sunday, leading to dangerous driving conditions and the cancellation of many flights. Farther south, powerful winds and tornadoes downed trees and power lines. At least four people have died because of the storms.
At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where more than 13 inches of snow had fallen, 230 flights were canceled Sunday. Two runways were open, but winds were still strong and planes were being de-iced, spokesman Patrick Hogan said. On Saturday, the storm caused the cancellation of nearly 470 flights at the airport.
The wintry grip on the Twin Cities continued to keep the boys of summer off the diamond, forcing the postponement of the third straight Minnesota Twins-Chicago White Sox game. The New Yankees and the Tigers were rained out Saturday in Detroit and had planned to play a doubleheader on Sunday, but those games also were postponed. The Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians games also were rained out Sunday.
The prolonged wintry weather is “starting to beat everybody down,” said Erik Ordal, who lives in downtown Minneapolis and was taking his 3-month-old golden retriever puppy, Dakota, out for a walk in the snow. Ordal, who grew up in South Dakota, said he is used to the cold, snowy weather “but I’m certainly ready for some warmth.”
Dangerous conditions continued in the Milwaukee area, where snow and freezing rain wreaked havoc on roads, caused power outages and made roofs collapse. The storm, on track to become the biggest to hit northeastern Wisconsin in April, could dump an additional 8 to 15 inches of snow on the Green Bay area, which got nearly a foot of snow on Saturday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Two northeastern Wisconsin communities, Tigerton and Big Falls, received more than 2 feet of snow over the weekend, the National Weather Service in Green Bay reported. Parts of the state that were already blanketed were getting a second helping of snow on Sunday. The heavy snow caused part of a hotel roof to collapse over a pool at a hotel in Ashwaubenon, which is next to Green Bay. No one was hurt.
In Michigan, freezing rain that began falling overnight had left roads treacherous and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses by midday Sunday even as heavy snow was forecast to dump a foot or more of snow on parts of the state’s Upper Peninsula by early Monday.
In North Carolina, authorities declared a local state of emergency in the city of Greensboro after an apparent tornado caused damage Sunday afternoon in several locations. Greensboro police said in a tweet that there also was one storm-related. Media reports prior to the police tweet said high winds damaged at least seven homes, destroyed a mobile classroom at an elementary school, and toppled trees and power lines.
In addition to the Greensboro fatality, three other deaths were blamed on the weather.
A sleeping 2-year-old girl in Louisiana was killed when a tree fell on her family’s recreational vehicle early Saturday. A Wisconsin woman was killed when she lost control of her minivan on slick roads and veered into an oncoming SUV. And an Idaho truck driver was killed when his semitrailer struck a semi in western Nebraska that had been stranded on a highway by the bad weather.
And severe weather wasn’t limited to the mainland U.S. — dozens of people are stranded at a Red Cross shelter in Hawaii after a storm dropped over 2 feet of rain, causing massive flooding and grounding rescue helicopters.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation for Kauai where heavy rainfall damaged or flooded dozens of homes in Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena and Anahola.
About 40 people – mostly tourists – were stranded Sunday at Hanalei Elementary School, where the American Red Cross had opened an evacuation shelter. They briefly ran out of food and water.
The Associated Press, USA TODAY’s Jessica Guynn, the Asbury Park Press’s Amanda Oglesby and Ernie Garcia and Gabriel Rom of the Westchester Journal News contributed to this report.
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