The Gulf Coast is bracing for life threatening weather Monday

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“Multiple major metropolitan areas including Houston and Lake Charles and their suburbs may see significant and life-threatening impacts as extreme rainfall advances toward the Gulf Coast,” the weather service warned.
In Houston, commuters were affected by floodwaters that overtook roads, according to the state transportation department.
In Shreveport, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum was closed due to severe weather, officials said.
Flooding around Houston The National Weather Service in Houston posted on X, formerly Twitter, warning of closed roads after floodwaters swept through the region Monday morning.
“As you head out this morning, be aware there are several roadways closed or almost impassable due to flooding,” the weather service said.
About 35 miles east of Houston, in the coastal town of Cove, waters flooded highways, affecting northbound and southbound travel, transportation officials said.
“Temperatures will be well above average across much of the East Coast this week with today (Monday) being the warmest of the bunch,” the National Weather Service said.
4 people killed in Oklahoma tornadoes; over 100 injured At least four people across Oklahoma were killed in tornadoes that ravaged rural communities and small towns throughout the state on Saturday.

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A storm system that sparked violent tornadoes across the central United States on Monday put states along the Gulf Coast under serious weather threat. S. moved over the area over the weekend, leaving at least four people dead and causing extensive damage.

According to the National Weather Service, strong thunderstorms are expected to pound southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas through the morning, increasing the risk of flash floods, huge hail, and damaging wind gusts. In some places, up to two to three inches of rain are expected to fall per hour.

“The weather service issued a warning that severe rainfall may have significant and potentially fatal effects as it moves closer to the Gulf Coast, affecting several major metropolitan areas such as Houston, Lake Charles, and their surrounding suburbs.”. By evening, the brunt of the severe rain and thunderstorms should be offshore.

The state transportation department reported that floodwaters in Houston covered roads, affecting commuters.

Citing extreme forecasts, several school districts in Texas and Louisiana canceled classes or postponed the first bell by at least an hour on Monday. The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport was closed because of bad weather, according to officials.

A USA TODAY database indicates that as of Monday morning, more than 84,000 homes and businesses in Texas and Louisiana were without power due to storm activity in the area. In the wake of several storms that tore across the central United States, thousands in Oklahoma and Arkansas were also without power. S. throughout the weekend.

flooding in the Houston area.

After floodwaters surged through the area on Monday morning, the National Weather Service in Houston issued a warning about closed roads on X, the former Twitter platform.

The weather service warned drivers that there are several roads that are closed or nearly impassable due to flooding as they head out this morning.

Photos of floodwaters in the town of Lufkin overtaking a pickup truck that appeared to be abandoned in between lanes of a highway were shared on social media by authorities in the eastern corner of the Lone Star state on Monday morning.

According to transportation officials, waters flooded highways in the coastal town of Cove, about 35 miles east of Houston, affecting traffic going both north and south.

Officials warned drivers to avoid making needless trips after other Houston-area areas reported a high risk of roadway flooding on Monday.

In the East, record warmth.

While a large portion of the southern and central U.S. S. forecasters said that while much of the East was expected to experience potentially record-breaking heat on Monday, they were still dealing with severe weather.

The National Weather Service stated that this week’s temperatures will be significantly above average for most of the East Coast, with Monday being the warmest day of the week. With highs in the 80s to low 90s, there’s a chance that several Mid-Atlantic stations could tie or surpass their previous high temperature records today and tomorrow. “.

Washington, DC, saw a record-breaking high of 91 degrees on Monday. might be contested, according to AccuWeather. Early this week, Philadelphia and Baltimore may see temperatures that are just a few degrees above 90.

In the Mid-Atlantic, Monday will undoubtedly be the warmest day of the year. In fact, Monday is expected to be the warmest day in Washington, D.C. since early September, provided the forecasts come true. according to senior meteorologist Matt Benz of AccuWeather, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Following fatal storms that devastated towns, recovery operations are under way.

In towns and cities around the central United States, recovery operations got underway on Monday. s. where a slow-moving storm system in Oklahoma caused dozens of tornadoes to erupt, leveling entire streets and tossing cars around, killing at least four people—including a 4-month-old baby.

The storms resulted in more than 100 injuries, according to a Sunday afternoon report from Oklahoma’s Office of Emergency Management. According to Oklahoma Governor, Sulphur, which is located about 80 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, has experienced “definitely the most damage since I’ve been governor.”. Kevin Stitt during an announcement.

Stitt remarked, “I’ve traveled around the state and seen a lot of damage.”. I’ve been here for six years. But it’s unbelievable what I witnessed in Sulphur’s downtown. “.”.

While federal agencies, including FEMA, were coordinating with state officials, Stitt declared a state of emergency in order to free up funds for the recovery effort. Nebraska and Iowa were two more states hit hard by the storms, with many homes and businesses completely destroyed.

In Oklahoma, tornadoes claimed 4 lives and injured over 100 more.

Tornadoes that tore through Oklahoma’s small towns and rural areas on Saturday claimed the lives of at least four people.

Two deaths occurred in Holdenville, approximately 80 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, and one in Marietta, a small city close to the Texas border, according to the state medical examiner’s confirmation of three storm-related deaths. Authorities in Hughes County verified that one of the victims was a 4-month-old child and the other was a male adult.

In Sulphur, a city of about 5,000 people, where a strong tornado tore through the downtown strip, Stitt announced a fourth fatality on Sunday.

During a press conference, Stitt stated, “We’ll do whatever we can to help put the pieces back together.”. “Thank goodness it was downtown and that at 10:30 at night, not many people were around. The devastation is simply unbelievable. “.

More tornadoes and floods could be brought to the central United States by storms.

The weather service predicts that on Tuesday, a low pressure system will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Mississippi Valley and the Great Plains.

The main threats, which can be felt in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, and Minnesota, are very large hail, strong wind gusts, and a few tornadoes.

With a slight chance of extreme weather, isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected to move through the Tennessee and Ohio valleys and onto the East Coast on Tuesday, further downstream of the storm system.

Jorge L. contributed. Ortiz and John Bacon from USA TODAY; Josh Dulaney and Jack Money from The Oklahoman.

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