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Severe weather leaves thousands of Americans without power

  • May 29, 2024
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Severe weather leaves thousands of Americans without power

“Devastating” thunderstorms and tornadoes were among the severe weather that left nearly 300,000 Americans in seven different states without any power on Monday night. Over the weekend, huge storms claimed the lives of close to two dozen people, leaving path of destruction across central US states.

Meteorologists said that the greatest weather risk has shifted to the east, covering a broad sweep of the country between states as far away as Alabama and New York. More thunderstorms are expected along with damaging wind gusts, hail, and flash flooding. Heavy rain is forecasted to hit the east coast across parts of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The excessive rain will bring with it a small risk of severe thunderstorms, developing over parts of the northwest to the southeast of the country, the NWS added. The agency also predicts severe thunderstorms over Texas where wind gusts can reach as high as 120km/h or even faster.  Searing heat is also expected to continue in parts of the American south as record or near-record high temperatures are expected.

On Monday, 27th May, over 120 million people woke up to severe weather warnings and the previous Sunday was the busiest severe weather warning so far this year in the country. The US saw over 600 reports of storm damage over 20 states while twisters and heavy winds reduced buildings to rubble, flipped cars, and brought power lines down. Lightning, thunder, and heavy rain led to the evacuation of close to 125,000 spectators at the Indianapolis 500 race which was delayed by four hours.

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