Extreme weather barreled across much of the US yesterday. Severe storms and tornadoes swept through the South, heavy rains and strong winds pummeled the East Coast, snow fell in the Midwest, and blizzard conditions blanketed the Pacific Northwest.
More than 25 million people from Florida to Virginia were under tornado watches through yesterday evening, with expected wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour in parts of North Carolina and Virginia. At least 10 tornadoes were reported across Texas, Florida, and Alabama since Monday, with at least four touching down in Florida. A state of emergency was declared for 49 counties in northern Florida. At least three deaths were attributed to the storm. See photos and videos here.
The storm system from the South moved to the Northeast, prompting flood watches, including in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC. About 2 to 4 inches of rain was expected in the Northeast. A separate storm triggered a rare blizzard warning for Oregon and Washington, with some areas expecting over a foot of snow through today. Meanwhile, a wintery mix moved across the Plains and the Midwest.