Storm System Threatening 90 Million in US with Destructive Weather
By Staff, Agencies
A deadly storm that already claimed the lives of seven people throughout the United States’ south is lurching towards the country’s eastern flank, threatening to spawn tornadoes and other catastrophic weather there.
As many as 90 million people might be badly affected by the destructive weather, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.
"New York, Washington DC and Atlanta all within the zone," CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.
The storm system left the fatal trail in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas over the weekend. According to NBC News, the latter state reported winds of up to 140 mph in Robertson County, northwest of capital Houston. The deaths included two children, aged eight and three, who died in Angelina County, Texas, when a tree fell onto their car.
It also packed a tornado that, according to the Associated Press, destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex building, and part of the local housing authority building.
On Sunday, National Weather Service [NWS] issued tornado warnings and watches for parts of Washington, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Severe thunderstorm warnings were also in effect across the region, NBC said.
An NWS official said, "Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado. Do not wait to see or hear the tornado. Take cover now."