Five people have died in flash flooding in Pennsylvania as storm surges hit the Northeast

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Five people have died in flash flooding in Pennsylvania as storm surges hit the Northeast



A fifth body was found as the search continued Sunday for two children — a nine-month-old baby and a toddler — who went missing after being swept away by flash flooding in Pennsylvania caused by heavy rains in the Northeast over the weekend.

Several people were trapped in their cars and swept away by flash flooding in Bucks County Saturday after an astonishing 6-7 inches of rain fell in an hour, officials said.

Three people – all adults – were initially found dead outside their car in floodwaters in Bucks County. Officials confirmed in the latest update that the fourth and fifth bodies have been found.

Upper Makefield Fire Chief Tim Brewer said a nine-month-old baby boy, a two-year-old girl, both from the same family, are still missing.

‘We’re treating it as a rescue, but pretty sure it’s a recovery mission,’ Brewer said. Search and rescue crews are working around the clock in ‘very remote areas of the township’ to locate them.

Road signs are submerged in Pennsylvania as parts of the state battle widespread flooding that hit the area Saturday night.

A flood watch has been issued for more than 57 million residents along Interstate 95 from northern Virginia to Maine due to severe weather in the Northeast on Sunday.

Drivers make their way through heavy rain and flooding in New Haven, Connecticut. July 16, 2023. Flash flood and tornado warnings have been issued for the Northeast. At least five people were killed yesterday after cars were swept away by flash floods in Pennsylvania

Fire Chief Tim Brewer provides an update on the dead after heavy flooding in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Saturday night.

Drivers make their way through heavy rain and flooding in New Haven, Connecticut on Sunday

The only recorded death due to flooding so far has come from Pennsylvania

Brewer confirmed that one of the bodies was the mother of the two missing children.

‘As they tried to escape the raging flood waters, the father carried his 4-year-old son and a mother and grandmother held two additional children,’ Brewer said.

‘Miraculously, father and son were able to get away safely. However, the grandmother, mother and two children were swept away by the flood water.

The wild storm continued into Sunday as severe weather grounded flights at several airports, including New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy, Newark and Boston Logan International, and more than 1,000 flights were canceled in the United States, according to FlightAware.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings and tornado watches for parts of Connecticut, western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. In New York City, a flood watch is in effect until midnight.

In Pennsylvania, a disaster declaration has been issued for the area as crews continue their search for people who were swept from their vehicles after they were trapped by a flash flood on Saturday.

About 11 vehicles were near the river on General Washington Memorial Boulevard when they were caught in the sudden downpour and three of them were washed away. Eight people were rescued from the vehicle and two from House Creek, he said.

Brewer said the storm brought about 6-7 inches of rain in an hour, adding: ‘In my 44 years, I’ve never seen anything like this.’

No vehicles were caught in the flash floods, officials confirmed, but were already on the road when the rain receded and the floodwaters quickly rose.

Officials said they had never seen anything like it before.

‘I thought Hurricane Idai was the benchmark, but that’s the benchmark,’ Breyer said, referring to the deadly and highly destructive Category 4 storm of 2021, which became the second-most damaging and most intense hurricane to make landfall in the US behind Hurricane Katrina. .

Showers and thunderstorms are possible in New York City on Sunday and 2-3 inches of rain is possible across NYC, with 4-6 inches in some areas. Some areas could get up to seven inches of rain.

Excessive rainfall can cause rapid, life-threatening flooding of streets and basements. Officials urged people to prepare now to move to higher ground if necessary. If travel is essential, they ask to take precautions and avoid flooded roads.

Earlier Sunday in Lakewood, New Jersey, multiple homes were evacuated after lightning struck a gas line and set it on fire.

Flood victims were swept away as they got out of their cars on roads hit hard by rising waters

Two people – including a nine-month-old baby – are missing and five are dead after flash floods swept across Pennsylvania following heavy rains in the Northeast.

The severe weather is expected to bring more heavy rain with gusty winds and the threat of more flash flooding with storms through most of Sunday and into the evening.

A car sits abandoned in flood waters after heavy rains in New Haven, Connecticut. July 16, 2023. Flash flood and tornado warnings have been issued for the Northeast. At least four people were killed yesterday when cars were swept away by flash floods in Pennsylvania

Emergency crews and law enforcement remained at the scene Sunday as the search continued for the two missing children

Emergency personnel and law enforcement remained at the scene Sunday as the search continued

In Lakewood, New Jersey, multiple homes were evacuated after lightning struck a gas line and set it on fire. Lightning was seen striking a tree and underground pipes on Madison Ave

Photos show firefighters on the scene waiting for the gas company to put out the fire and evacuate residents, Lakewood Scoop reports.

Unclaimed Baggage at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey. July 16, 2023. Flash flood and tornado warnings were issued for the Northeast – thousands of delays and cancellations due to severe weather

Lightning struck a tree and underground pipe on Madison Avenue in the Lakewood area of ​​New Jersey, sparking the fire, officials said. This incident happened around 6 am on Sunday.

Photos show firefighters on the scene waiting for the gas company to put out the fire and evacuate residents, Lakewood Scoop reports.

The severe weather is expected to bring more heavy rain with gusty winds and the threat of more flash flooding with storms through most of Sunday and into the evening.

A flood watch has been issued for more than 57 million residents along Interstate 95 from northern Virginia to Maine.

In Boston, according to the National Weather Service, a tornado watch has been issued for Boston and surrounding counties until 3 p.m. Massachusetts counties include Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Worcester.

The heaviest rain is expected to clear by Monday, but the region will see a few scattered showers through Tuesday, according to Fox Weather.

About 1-2 inches of rain is expected north of the Delmarva Peninsula, with 2-3 inches in some areas throughout the week. In New England, thunderstorms may drop isolated amounts of 3-5 inches of rain.

Heavy rain is likely and some streams and rivers are already at high levels and forecasters say the threat of flash flooding across the region is considered ‘very likely’.

“The Green Mountains, the White Mountains, the Berkshires — if you live in the valley, you really need to pay attention to this forecast because it looks, unfortunately, really awful,” said Fox Weather meteorologist Jane Miner.

At least four people are dead and a dozen others are missing after flash flooding and several inches of rain left southeastern Pennsylvania just outside Philadelphia on Saturday.

Dean Iovino of the National Weather Service said Bucks County, Pennsylvania, received more rain in two hours Saturday than the city of Las Vegas receives in a year.

“A lot of water rescue work is going on right now. There’s a lot going on,’ he added, adding that Iovino said there could be as many as a dozen missing.

He noted that the county’s proximity to the Delaware River made it ‘a problem area’ for flooding and that the flash floods were narrowly focused on it.

At the peak of the storm, neighboring police departments announced they were assisting with search and rescue operations for those lost in the flood.

Police in Upper Makefield said in a Facebook post that much of the town was affected by flooding.

‘We apologize for not keeping you updated,’ they wrote. “We are conducting a search and rescue operation. Many places in the township have been flooded.’

‘When we can, we will update you. Until then keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.’

About four inches of rain fell in Bucks County at the center of the storm at about 5:30 p.m., officials said. Dean Iovino of the National Weather Service said more rain fell in two hours than the city of Las Vegas has in a year.

Two women and a man were found dead in the Washington Crossing area of ​​Upper Makefield Township. The identity of the fourth person killed has not been released

Officials in Upper Makefield said the remaining missing include a family of four, including a two-year-old and a nine-month-old.

At the peak of the storm, neighboring police departments announced they were assisting in search and rescue operations for those lost in the flood.

Four state highways in Bucks County are closed due to flooding, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A local resident, Nick Primola, told abc6 he saw cars drifting off the side of the road.

‘I guess it was just lucky timing because maybe those who were there 10 minutes ago weren’t as lucky. They really had no warning and got caught up in it,’ he said.

‘I’ve never seen anything like it so quickly. I mean it’s an area with a lot of waterways, so people are used to flooding, but I think that’s why it hit these people who were driving,’ Primola added.

Officials told Fox29 that roads could remain closed for an extended period of time.

Four state highways in Bucks County are closed due to flooding, according to the state Department of Transportation

Officials told reporters that roads are likely to remain closed for a long time

Police in Upper Makefield said in a Facebook post that much of the town was flooded

One expert noted that the county’s proximity to the Delaware River made it ‘a problem area’ for flooding, and that flash flooding was narrowly focused on it.

Motorists are being told to avoid the closed area until the roads are cleared and repaired.

The National Weather Service is warning that conditions could worsen, with the entire region under a 24-hour flood watch from Sunday through Monday.

“With all that moisture, there’s nothing to clean it,” Iovino said.





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