Florida rain: Strengthening storm hits Sunshine State, Carolinas and Virginia



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The strengthening storm that battered Florida this weekend with heavy rain and powerful winds is roaring toward the East Coast, threatening flooding, dangerous surf, power outages and travel disruptions.

More than 12 inches of rain fell near Georgetown, South Carolina on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina. Other cities in the Southeast that saw significant rainfall included Gainesville, Florida, with 7.3 inches; Jacksonville, Florida, 5.70 inches and Clemson, South Carolina, 3.94.

was An unconfirmed tornado was reported by spotters west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

A tornado watch was in effect for nearly 100,000 people in coastal North Carolina until 2 a.m. Published in Weather Service XFormerly known as Twitter.

Strong winds created waves as high as 9.86 feet in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, on Sunday. It is the fourth-highest tide on record in the region and tops the highest tide for a non-tropical system. The weather service said.

“Widespread dangerous flooding continues,” the agency warned.

More than 25,000 customers were without power across North Carolina and Virginia as of 10:45 p.m. as the storm moved ashore. PowerOutage.us.

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Flooding after a storm in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sunday, December 17.

After moving through Florida on Saturday, the storm hugged the East Coast on Sunday and expanded its impacts from Georgia to the Northeast.

The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings for parts of southern Connecticut, southeastern New York and Boston on Sunday, warning of the possibility of downed trees and power lines.

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Travel in those areas will be difficult, the weather service says, “If possible, stay on the lower level of your home during the storm and avoid windows. Be careful if you must drive.

Strong winds and low visibility delayed some flights. More than 5,200 flights were delayed in or out of US airports on Sunday, and at least 115 were canceled, according to the watchdog website. FlightAware.com. John F. in New York. Kennedy International Airport reported wind-related ground delays. Federal Aviation Administration website.

The storm battered the region as it battered much of Florida.

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Local resident Valerie Childress walks through floodwaters in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The storm will reach its peak on Monday, when it will disrupt much of the Northeast. It is forecast to stay close to the northeast coast at the moment – but could move further off the coast.

Regardless of its exact track, the storm will bring nor’easter-like impacts to the coastal Northeast on Monday — minus the snow.

“Strong winds may knock down some tree limbs, resulting in localized power outages. Outdoor holiday decorations may be damaged or blown away,” he said. National Weather Service office for the Philadelphia area Published in X.

The storm threatened more than 60 million people with river flooding, according to the weather service.

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