Major storm to hit Florida expected to hit East Coast, bringing dangerous winds and flooding rains

Cities along the East Coast are bracing for a major storm system that is expected to bring torrential rain, high winds and severe thunderstorms.

The system hit Florida and South Carolina this weekend, and its impacts are expected to last into Monday.

According to the National Weather Service Tampa Bay, the rain caused coastal flooding in the Tampa Bay area on Saturday.

Debris and palm trees were blown by Friday’s strong winds and rain at Madison Hammock Park in Coral Gables, Fla.Rebecca Blackwell / AB

More than 33,000 customers were without power in the state as of noon Sunday PowerOutage.usBut that number fell sharply as power began to be restored.

Florida Power & Light Co., the state’s largest utility, said in an announcement X Crews restored power to customers overnight Sunday morning and will continue restoration efforts throughout the day. The public has been advised to stay away from downed power lines and standing water.

As of Sunday, more than 8,000 customers were experiencing power outages in South Carolina. Its largest electricity supplier, Santee Cooper, said X Its crew performs the decommissioning whenever it is safe to do so.

Dangerous flooding is developing along the lower South Carolina coast, including downtown Charleston, according to the National Weather Service Charleston, which has issued flash flood and coastal flood warnings. Tides are still rising in Charleston Harbor — the highest tide on record not associated with a tropical system, the NWS noted.

Several roads in downtown are closed due to the heavy rain, and the Charleston Police Department is urging drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

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Videos from Myrtle Beach and Cherry Grove, South Carolina, showed street flooding and strong winds. Storm chaser Andrew Elswick writes Winds and shares videos on X shakes his car.

“Most places are like this,” he said said In one of the videos. “The water is coming up too high.”

In New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing commuters for heavy rain and high winds expected Sunday night, which may require the removal of fallen trees on train tracks.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday and lasting until 2 a.m. Monday, the MTA will ban empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks on bridges and tunnels.

The city also issued a travel advisory for Sunday and Monday, warning of coastal flooding of 1 or 2 feet by Sunday night.

“We want to remind New Yorkers to stay alert, check the forecast and be prepared as significant rainfall and high winds are expected this Sunday through Monday,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a press release. “If you have loose materials outside, now is a good time to secure them before the wind kicks in. People in low-lying and poorly drained areas should take extra precautions.

Parts of Maine are also expecting heavy rain. National Weather Service for Portland and Gray “Considerable rain” is forecast From Sunday night to Monday, there is an upwelling through the mountains and foothills, and in the rivers flowing from these mountains.

Weather Service Expect strong, damaging winds Should also be taken on Monday. Coastal flooding High tides are possible Monday, and rainfall and snowmelt could lead to more flooding in inland areas.

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