Strong storms in both the East and West will bring a flooding threat and power outages on Tuesday, tornado warnings for Georgia and the Carolinas. Meanwhile, red flag warnings are active in 9 states, and TS Grace could impact Texas.
Tropical storm Fred quickly weakened after landfall to a tropical depression but is still poised to bring heavy rain and could bring isolated tornadoes to parts to parts of the Southeast. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for northern and northeastern Georgia, and forecasters say isolated tornadoes are possible in parts of the Carolinas, ABC 11 reported.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued the following flood alerts for Tuesday:
Flood warning: central and western Florida Panhandle; southeastern Oklahoma.
Flash flood warning: southern Arizona; central Texas; northern Georgia.
Flash flood watch: northeastern Washington; northern Idaho; south-central and central Utah; northern Georgia; eastern Tennessee; northwestern South Carolina; western North Carolina; southeastern Kentucky; western Virginia; southern West Virginia.
Tornado watch: central and northeastern Georgia.
Storms and wildfires have led to power outages in both the Eastern and Western US. As of 6 AM on Tuesday, Michigan was the most affected with over 50,000 customers without electricity, according to tracking site poweroutage.us. Storms had also knocked out power to over 20,000 in California, more than 14,000 in Florida, and over 10,000 in Georgia. Wildfires were responsible for over 10,000 residents without power in California, however, PG&E announced that fires may cause the company to purposely cut power to roughly 39,000 customers sometime on Tuesday.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, dry conditions are expected to continue through the next month and combined with continued drought in the West, it heightens the wildfire risk, as there are 97 large fires currently burning in the US affecting over 2 million acres, CNN reported. Evacuations and power shut-offs are expected to affect thousands of Westerners in the coming days, with his many as 39,000 being cut off on Tuesday night, according to PG&E, CNN reported.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued red flag alerts for Tuesday for parts of California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
The latest trajectory for tropical storm Grace shows the storm moving through Puerto Rico as it moves through the Caribbean Sea, entering the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday and taking a more northwestern track as it moves toward southeastern Texas by early Saturday, AccuWeather reported.
The storm was expected to pass over southeastern Cuba and Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon, ABC 11 reported.