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Catastrophic Flooding and Record-Breaking Heat Wave Impact the US

The United States is grappling with extreme weather events as a record-breaking heat wave shifts to the Mid-Atlantic, and catastrophic flooding affects the Upper Midwest. Millions of Americans are dealing with soaring temperatures and severe weather conditions, prompting evacuations and emergency declarations. Here’s the latest update on these unfolding events:

Heat Wave Shifts to the Mid-Atlantic

Heat Wave Shifts to the Mid-Atlantic

Intense Heat Alerts

Over 100 million people remain under heat alerts this weekend as an intense heat wave moves from the Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic. The National Weather Service has issued warnings for numerous record-tying or breaking high temperatures. In the West, central and southern California, Arizona, and Utah are expected to experience triple-digit temperatures.

Record-Breaking Temperatures

Baltimore and Washington, DC, faced triple-digit heat on Saturday, with the nation’s capital hitting 100 degrees for the first time since 2016. Baltimore broke its previous daily record of 100 degrees set in 1988 by reaching 101 degrees. The weather service highlighted that the early arrival of such intense heat increases the risk of heat stress, particularly for those without reliable air conditioning.

Catastrophic Flooding in the Upper Midwest

Catastrophic Flooding in the Upper Midwest

Iowa and South Dakota Face Severe Flooding

In Rock Valley, Iowa, high floodwaters led to the evacuation of all homes north of Highway 18. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for 21 counties in northwest Iowa, mobilizing state resources to aid affected communities. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, experienced heavy rainfall, resulting in the rescue of nine individuals from rising waters and numerous traffic accidents. The region has seen rainfall amounts ranging from 6.5 to 8 inches over the last 72 hours.

Minnesota’s Emergency Response

Minnesota is under flood warnings, with Gov. Tim Walz declaring an emergency and authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to support emergency flood operations. Lakes Tetonka and Sakatah have reached uncontrollable levels, causing significant damage and evacuations. Intense rain has left entire communities under water, with severe property damage and numerous road closures.

New Mexico’s Dual Crisis: Wildfires and Flooding

Wildfire Aftermath and Flood Risks

New Mexico residents are beginning to return home following the containment of the Salt and South Fork Fires, which have burned over 24,200 acres. However, the recent rainfall, while aiding fire suppression efforts, poses a risk of flooding, mud, and debris flows in burn scar areas. The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to the cause of the wildfires.

Weather Outlook for Northern New England

Severe Thunderstorms and Flooding

Showers and thunderstorms are expected from New England to the Upper Mississippi Valley, with a level 3 of 5 risk of severe storms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The region faces potential damaging winds, a few tornadoes, and isolated hail. The Mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley, and Tennessee Valley also face a lower level severe weather threat. Northern New England may experience heavy downpours and scattered flash flooding.

Monsoon-Like Conditions in the Four Corners Region

The National Weather Service warns of isolated flash flooding due to monsoon-like conditions in the Four Corners region.

Emergency Assistance and Forecast

Nebraska National Guard Deployment

In response to severe flooding in northwest Iowa, Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen has authorized the deployment of a military helicopter and crew to assist with search and rescue operations. The Nebraska team will provide relief to the Iowa National Guard through June 24.

Weather Forecast

Cooler and drier air is expected to move in Saturday night, potentially creating fog in low-lying areas. Temperatures will remain high, with highs in the upper 80s on Sunday and middle 90s on Monday. The heat index may reach triple digits, increasing the potential for severe thunderstorms. A cold front on Tuesday night may bring some relief, followed by widely scattered thunderstorms later in the week, posing additional flood risks.

Stay updated with the latest weather information and emergency guidelines to stay safe during these extreme conditions.