A powerful storm system has lashed the East Coast with heavy rain and thunderstorms over the past couple of days, leaving behind major impacts from Florida to Maine. Due to this potent storm, there has been widespread flooding, flight cancellations, power outages, and extremely hazardous travel conditions across the Eastern Seaboard.
The weather system first struck over the weekend, battering the Southeast with strong winds and torrential rainfall. Some parts of Florida saw over 7 inches of rain, while Charleston, South Carolina, broke a record for its wettest December day. A record storm surge for a non-tropical system also occurred along the Carolina shoreline.
Heading into Monday, the storm center pushed northward into the Mid-Atlantic region. Serious effects continued across the Southeast states while new problems developed up the coast. There is still the risk of excessive rainfall over New England through Tuesday as the storm slowly exits.
Widespread Flooding Leaves Many Roads Dangerous if Not Impassable
Due to this slow-moving storm’s unrelenting rain bands, flood warnings and alerts stretch from Virginia up through Maine, affecting 59 million residents. The heavy rainfall has led to localized flash flooding, with urban areas and transportation routes being the most vulnerable.
In Connecticut, parts of Danbury faced extremely flooded roads Monday morning. Some water rescues were needed for stranded motorists as emergency crews urged citizens to avoid driving across the swollen waters. Many vehicles became stuck as locals underestimated the depth and force of the floodwaters.
Similar flooding impaired travel in New York City, where a hazard advisory remained active due to the inundation. Officials there warned of imminent flash floods in Manhattan and the Bronx, imploring people to steer clear of underground infrastructure and low-lying zones prone to rapid inundation.