More than 17 million people on the East Coast are in the path of what could be severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, and tornadoes on Sunday.
In Florida, the governor and top emergency officials are keeping an eye on a system developing near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula that could bring anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of rain beginning Sunday. The wacky weather comes at the end of a week of scorching temperatures out West and flooding that killed nine soldiers when their military vehicle got caught in the rushing waters of a rain-swollen creek at Fort Hood, Texas.
In Southern California, nine people were sickened by the heat during a high school graduation ceremony as temperatures flirted with triple digits. In Ohio, the third round of the Memorial PGA tournament was delayed by thunderstorms.
Here’s a look at what people are doing to prepare and recover from the various types of weather:
The hurricane season is just a few days old, and its third named storm may be developing near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the system has a good chance of forming into a tropical cyclone, and even if it doesn’t, it will still bring heavy rains along the Gulf Coast.
Police in St. Petersburg distributed sandbags and Gov. Rick Scott warned residents, tourists and businesses to be prepared.
Florida’s emergency management director Bryan Koon said they expected a fast-moving storm, which means it could mature rapidly. The severe weather could last through Tuesday.
“Even if this system does not develop into a named storm, it still poses significant risks from flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes, and rip currents,” he said.
If the storm does develop, it would be named Colin.
D.C. in the Crosshairs
More than 17 million people in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Raleigh, North Carolina, are looking at an “enhanced” risk of severe thunderstorms Sunday, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.
Damaging winds, a tornado or two and marginally severe hail are expected from the Southeast to as far north as New York.