Severe weather across the U.S. puts 150 million Americans at risk this week

Severe weather across the U.S. puts 150 million Americans at risk this week.

At least 150 million Americans are at risk of severe weather as the triple threat of extreme events extends across the country.

While more than 100 fires are burning across the United States—including the Dixie Fire, which has become the second-largest in California history—other severe weather is on its way, too.

Hurricanes hit the Midwest with more storms heading into the area, record temperatures likely in both the Northeast and Northwest.

Hurricanes in the Midwest

After a tornado erupted Monday in the Midwest, that area is expected to see several more rounds of severe weather through at least Thursday.

Sixteen tornadoes have been reported in the Midwest, 14 of which occurred in Illinois alone.

Severe weather will return Tuesday from Kansas to Michigan, including parts of Illinois and Wisconsin that have already been hit hard. While short tornadoes will be possible, widespread destructive winds are the primary concern.

ٍSummer heatwaves

The harsh weather is driven in part by the extreme heat. A heatwave is already developing across the Mississippi River Valley, with temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit from Texas to Illinois. The heat index can reach over 105 degrees in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee.

Record high temperatures will be challenged in both the Northwest and Northeast later this week.

In the northwest, temperatures will exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Oregon, Idaho, and northern California. Portland, Oregon, could see temperatures above 107 degrees by Thursday.

In the Northeast, temperatures rose in the 90s from Washington, D.C. to Boston. Parts of New Jersey will be of particular concern, as the heat index could reach 110 degrees Thursday.

Tropical system in the Caribbean

There is a tropical system fermenting in the Atlantic Ocean and currently affecting the Caribbean; Current forecasts are that it could start affecting Florida this weekend.

This tropical storm will likely become unique sometime on Tuesday. Low storm alerts have been issued for parts of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The system is likely to weaken slightly over the Dominican Republic. While it's too early to say the exact size and location of the impacts, forecast models from ABC News in the past 24 hours seem to indicate that the strengthening of the tropical system could be headed toward Florida by the end of this week.

That system could remain a nuisance — especially in the southeastern United States — until early next week.

0/Post a Comment/Comments