Title: Powerful Storm Causes Deadly Flooding and Disruptions Across the East Coast
Subtitle: Four Deaths and Power Outages Reported as Northeast Battles Severe Weather
Date: [Insert Date]
The East Coast of the United States has been struck by a powerful storm, unleashing dangerous flooding and causing significant travel disruptions. The storm, which has claimed at least four lives and left over 620,000 homes and businesses without power in the Northeast, brought 2-4 inches of rainfall within a 24-hour period.
Tragically, two individuals in their 70s lost their lives after their vehicles were submerged in high water – one in Pennsylvania and the other in South Carolina. Two additional deaths were reported in Maine and Massachusetts, where heavy rainfall caused dangerous conditions.
Widespread flooding and the need for water rescues were observed in various states, including New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. Although the storm has moved into Canada and the rain has subsided, New England remains at risk of flooding as river levels remain at elevated levels.
As the storm moves on, parts of western New York, Pennsylvania, the Great Lakes, and the Appalachians are expected to experience snowfall. Moreover, temperatures are set to drop to the 30s and 40s across the Northeast, exacerbating an already challenging situation.
Flooding concerns have prompted several school closures and delays in districts across Maine, New Hampshire, and Paterson, New Jersey. The mayor of Paterson has declared a state of emergency due to the expected record-breaking levels of the Passaic River, leading to road closures and the potential for further flooding.
Tuesday is expected to be a critical day, with rivers across the Northeast set to crest. Adding to the threat, some New England states may face increased flooding due to heavy rain falling on top of existing snowpack.
Tragically, the storm has resulted in four deaths. Among the victims are a 72-year-old woman in South Carolina, trapped in her submerged car, a 73-year-old man in Pennsylvania who was immersed in high water, a 40-year-old man in Maine killed by a falling tree, and an 89-year-old man in Massachusetts found inside a collapsed trailer.
Winter weather alerts have been issued for the Great Lakes, Appalachians, and interior Northeast as the storm subsides, with up to a foot of snowfall and strong wind gusts expected in certain areas.
As the affected communities continue to grapple with the aftermath of this powerful storm, authorities are urging residents to stay vigilant and heed warnings to ensure their safety. The Courier Standard Enterprise will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as necessary.
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