Storm Beryl: Heavy rain threatens to cause flooding as storm moves northeast

Storm Beryl: Heavy rain threatens to cause flooding as storm moves northeast

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Beryl left tornadoes and threatened flooding Wednesday as the system headed toward Canada and the northeastern United States after killing millions in the Houston area. without power.

Beryl, which made landfall in Texas on Monday as a Category 1 hurricane, was a post-tropical cyclone centered over southeastern Michigan around midday Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph), the National Weather Service reported.

The threat of heavy rain and flooding extended from the Great Lakes to New England and included southern Canada. The storm dumped between 3 and 6 inches of rain in northern Indiana, saturating the ground and threatening to bring down trees in high winds.

Tens of thousands of customers lost power in New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to

In an interview with the AP, National Weather Service chief forecaster Bob Oravec said Beryl will bring a lot of rain to the East Coast as it continues its path across the United States.

At least one tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon in upstate New York, the weather service reported. Videos posted on social media showed swirling debris under threatening skies. It damaged trees and property in communities south of Buffalo, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. No injuries were reported.

In neighboring Vermont, there have been sporadic flash floods anniversary of severe floods Last July, the weather service said the storm “would not resemble the catastrophic flooding of last July, but would still pose real dangers from flash flooding.”

In an update Wednesday evening, Vermont Emergency Management said there had been an undetermined number of evacuations and road closures due to flooding, primarily in the central part of the state.

“Vermont residents and visitors are encouraged to seek higher ground if flood waters approach,” the statement said.

Rescue teams and the National Guard were ready, the agency said.

A tornado ripped through Posey County in southwestern Indiana Tuesday night, causing a large portion of a warehouse to collapse, roofs torn off, train cars to derail and mobile homes to be damaged. No injuries were reported.

Jerrod Prather, supervisor of Nutrien Ag Solutions, told the Evansville Courier and Press that he watched the tornado with a security camera.

“I saw it go down, then back up, then back down again,” he said.

Beryl The coronavirus has caused at least seven deaths in the United States (one in Louisiana and six in Texas) and at least 11 in the Caribbean. More than 1.6 million homes and businesses in Texas were still without power as of Wednesday afternoon, down from a peak of more than 2.7 million on Monday, according to


Associated Press writers Sarah Brumfield in Maryland, Carolyn Thompson in upstate New York and Lisa Rathke in Vermont contributed to this report.