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Powerful Pre-Holiday Storm Takes Aim at East Coast

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An intense storm system is poised to impact a large swath of the Eastern United States this weekend into early next week.

The powerful storm will bring prolific rainfall, gusty winds, and additional impacts to the Southeast before tracking up much of the East Coast. This storm's timing can cause major travel disruptions before the peak holiday.

The inclement weather will start across Florida on Saturday as abundant tropical moisture surges northward. Severe thunderstorms capable of producing flooding rainfall, damaging wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes are possible, especially across central and southern Florida from Orlando to Miami and the Florida Keys.

Some areas could pick up over half a foot of rainfall, leading to flash flooding and rapid rises in streams and rivers. Strong winds may also lead to isolated power outages. Residents across the state should prepare for rapidly changing weather conditions through the first half of the weekend.

By Sunday, the heavy rain is forecast to push into Georgia and the Carolinas. Localized flash flooding will remain a concern with the torrential rains, particularly in urban and poor drainage areas. Gusty winds will accompany the rainfall, leading to difficult travel conditions.

Coastal locations will also have to contend with heightened surf, coastal erosions, and minor coastal flooding for a time. Those with interests along the Southeast coast should keep abreast of updated forecasts through the weekend.

Storm To Spread Impacts Up Eastern Seaboard

The inclement weather will start spreading northward along the Eastern Seaboard as we head into Sunday night and Monday. The Interstate 95 urban corridor looks to take the brunt of the storm's impacts during this time frame.

The heavy rainfall will start to overspread locations from Washington D.C. to New York City and Boston on Sunday night. Localized flash flooding issues are possible, with rainfall rates potentially exceeding one inch per hour at times. Poor drainage and low-lying areas will be the most susceptible to flooding issues.

Folks traveling along the I-95 corridor should prepare for difficult driving conditions and delays from Sunday night through much of Monday. The wind-swept rains can significantly reduce visibilities at times. Pockets of localized flash flooding will also lead to vehicles becoming stranded.

Allow extra time to reach your destination and avoid driving through flooded roadways. The hazardous conditions can potentially cause various airport delays through the Northeast on Monday as well. Airline travelers should frequently check with their carriers for updates.

The low pressure will exit off the New England coast by Monday night and Tuesday. However, lingering rain showers and gusty winds are still possible, especially near the Eastern seaboard.

Less precipitation is anticipated at this time compared to earlier; however, traffic and airport delays remain possible amidst the windswept rains. Motorists still need to allow additional time to reach destinations safely.


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