A large storm area is sweeping across America, from Alabama in the southeast to Pennsylvania in the northeast. On Monday night, 1.1 million customers were without power, heavy amounts of rain and hail fell, and strong wind gusts toppled trees onto power lines. On Tuesday morning, about 300,000 places were still without power. In the eastern states, 2,600 flights were canceled and about 8,000 flights were postponed as of Monday evening.
The storms have already claimed lives. In South Carolina, a 15-year-old boy died when a tree fell on him while he was getting out of the car. In Alabama, a 28-year-old man was killed by lightning.
The weather service also issued a tornado warning for the Washington area. For this reason, working hours in federal offices were shortened on Monday, and workers were sent home in the afternoon so that they could reach a protected location in time before the storm area approached.
The first wave of storms reached Washington and the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia in the late afternoon, and in another wave in the late evening, 10 centimeters of rain fell in a short time, triggering a flash flood warning. It was also released.
As a result of the storms, many outdoor events have been canceled, so the rally between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals baseball team in Philadelphia has been postponed, MTI said.
Not only America, but also northern Europe, is suffering from heavy rains, and in Norway and Sweden a red warning has been issued for broken skies.