Bay County tornado wreckage
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A wide-reaching winter storm that pummeled much of the eastern half of the country Tuesday, knocking out power in several states and prompting the closure of highways, schools and government offices was dumping heavy rain across the Northeast on Tuesday night. Here’s the latest:

• Major cities are seeing heavy rain: Several major metropolitan areas along the East Coast could see flooding, including Washington, DC, and New York City, where rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible. The heaviest rainfall is expected between Tuesday night and early Wednesday, the National Weather Service in New York said, warning of river flooding and urban flooding in areas of poor drainage that could disrupt transportation, flood basements, first floors and underground infrastructures. Annapolis, Maryland, could get some of the worst flooding the city has ever seen, city spokesperson Mitchelle Stephenson told CNN.

• Deaths reported in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama: One person died and two were critically injured in a mobile home community in North Carolina’s Catawba County, according to county communications director Amy McCauley. She said the area sustained damage, adding the National Weather Service was evaluating if it was a tornado. In Georgia, a driver was killed while traveling on a highway after a tree fell on the vehicle. Clayton County police told CNN Tuesday that weather was a factor in the death. In Alabama, an 81-year-old woman was killed in Cottonwood when her mobile home repeatedly flipped during the storm, Houston County Commission Chairman Brandon Shoupe said. A second person in Alabama died when a tree fell on a vehicle, Birmingham fire and rescue Capt. Orlando Reynolds said Tuesday.

Tornadoes reported in the Southeast: Fourteen tornadoes were reported across Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday, causing significant damage and prompting rescues in Florida’s panhandle. More than 3 million people in Florida were under tornado watches issued by the Storm Prediction Center as of Tuesday night.

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Strong winds bring widespread power outages: More than 29 million people in the US were under a high wind warning Tuesday night, reflecting winds that are causing widespread power outages. More than 800,000 homes and businesses across the eastern US had outages Tuesday night, mainly in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia, according to tracker

Up to a foot of snow possible from central US to Northeast: Winter storm alerts are in effect from portions of Missouri and Iowa through Michigan and interior parts of the Northeast and New England. Widespread snowfall between 6 to 12 inches is possible and some areas could see even more. The snowfall will begin to let up in the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast on Wednesday.

• Travel delays and cancellations: Airlines have canceled 1,300 flights within, into or out of the US Tuesday, and more than 8,600 flights were delayed, according to data from FlightAware. Some of those are due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 9, but thunderstorms caused significant disruptions in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Florida and North Carolina airports.

A forecast model shows where heavy rain and snow is expected through Wednesday.

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Florida declares state of emergency

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Tuesday for 49 of the state’s 67 counties, citing the danger of tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding.

DeSantis said the state has experienced more than 20 tornado warnings so far with four tornadoes confirmed on the ground.

There have been some injuries but no fatalities during severe weather in northern Florida, according to Florida Division of Emergency Management Executive Director Kevin Guthrie.

Guthrie said most of the injuries reported so far have been minor, adding there were five “trauma alerts” in Bay County where some of the most severe damage was seen.

Responders rescued people from structures in Bay County, where multiple tornadoes hit the ground and caused significant damage and road closures, Sheriff Tommy Ford said. Ford urged residents to seek shelter.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of Florida including Tampa and Orlando that are home to over 10 million people until 9 p.m. ET, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

“An intense line of thunderstorms currently in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will track across the central Florida Peninsula this afternoon,” the center said. They also noted the threat of a few strong tornadoes along with the threat of damaging thunderstorm wind gusts of 70 mph.

Northeast braces for rain and wind

In the Northeast, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a state of emergency for New Jersey in preparation for the potentially dangerous weather. And Mayor André Sayegh of Paterson, New Jersey, declared a state of emergency for the city effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday in anticipation of a “torrential downpour.”

Paterson was hit hard by a coastal storm last month that trapped people in flooded vehicles and prompted overnight water rescues.

“We’ve learned lessons from a few weeks ago, and quite frankly, we want to assure residents that we are prioritizing their safety,” Sayegh said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the storm could be “life threatening” and warned of the potentially dangerous combination of expected rainfall with heavy snow from this past weekend. She said the Hudson Valley has a 70% chance of flash-flooding.