June 24, 2024

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Deadly storms turn northeast with 68 million at risk of severe weather on Memorial Day

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A view of the damage sustained by 55-year-old Cindi Watts’ home, after a tornado ripped through the city, in Temple, Texas, U.S., May 23, 2024. REUTERS/Evan Garcia/File Photo

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At least 68 million people are under severe weather warnings on Memorial Day, as storms turned toward the Northeast after claiming the lives of at least 20 people and leaving half a million homes and businesses without power across the central United States.

Heavy storms will move across Arkansas and Tennessee and into the Ohio Valley before heading north to the East Coast, through the Carolinas, Pennsylvania and New York. Heavy rain, winds of more than 60 mph and hail more than 2 inches across are expected, with tornadoes possible, NBC meteorologist Michelle Grossman said in a report early Monday.

Flash flooding alerts were in place for 9 million people, mostly in Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAY 26: Spectators take shelter near Gasoline Alley during a rain delay before the start of the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2024, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Severe weather stretched to Colorado, where a rancher and 34 of his cattle were killed in a lightning strike near the town of Rand, 80 miles northwest of Denver, the Jackson County coroner said. Mike Morgan, 51, was feeding cattle from a trailer when the bolt struck open pasture; the rest of the 100 head of cattle were unharmed, police said.

The PowerOutage.us website, which tracks energy connections, said there were more than 460,000 homes and businesses without power as of 9:30 a.m. ET in affected areas, including more than 182,000 in Kentucky. Alabama had more than 80,000, the site said.

Some emergency phone lines had been damaged and were not operational, Kentucky State Police said, according to NBC affiliate WNKY of Bowling Green,…

2024-05-27 09:54:00

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