Crazy Weather Puts 37M Americans at Risk

Thunderstorms, hail, winds, tornadoes, floods ... you name it

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2014 7:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thunderstorms, hail, dangerous winds, tornadoes, flooding: All of the above are threatening parts of the US today, with 37 million people in the southeastern part of the country at risk, CNN reports. What we're looking at:

  • Jacksonville, Charlotte, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, and Atlanta are some of the cities at risk of severe thunderstorms that could also bring hail, destructive winds, and tornadoes. (Tornadoes have already wreaked havoc throughout the South this week, killing at least 35 people on Sunday and Monday, and some recovery efforts are still ongoing.)
  • The states most at risk of a tornado today are South Carolina and central Virginia, reports NBC News.
  • Flash flooding is also a concern in parts of the South and the East Coast. Florida's Escambia County has already declared a state of emergency after rain started stranding motorists—one of whom called for help and is now missing. Drivers are also stranded in the Fayetteville area, NPR reports.

  • In Florida, some rescue crews can't even respond to emergency calls because the roads are impassable, causing some motorists to walk to find help, the AP reports. At least one weather-related drowning has been reported.
  • Pensacola has gotten 15 to 20 inches of rain in 24 hours, and more is expected. "We've had people whose homes are flooding and they've had to climb up to the attic," says an Escambia County spokesperson.
  • One county on the Alabama Gulf Coast has gotten 12 to 17 inches of rain in 24 hours, the emergency management director estimates. "I think we're gonna be dealing with this for days," he says.
  • Power outages are affecting tens of thousands in the South.
  • Needless to say, many roads and schools are closed in the affected parts of the US.

Waters stands across Bonds Road in McCracken County, which is closed at the intersection of Oaks Road due to flooding, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Paducah, Ky.   (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun)
Jimmy Sullinger, sits and watches lightning as a storm approaches the gas station where he works on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Berry, Ala.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Storm clouds and lightning hang over Boyle County High School's baseball field Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Danville, Ky.   (AP Photo/The Advocate-Messenger,Clay Jackson)
Lightning strikes over Ann Arbor, Mich., during a spring storm on April 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/ The Ann Arbor News, Patrick Record)
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