Heat dome settles over Florida and Gulf Coast as it braces for sweltering triple-digit temperatures – a day after powerful storms lashed both coasts and 70,000 were left without power in Virginia
- On Thursday, an estimated 30 million Americans, representing nearly 10 percent of the country’s total population, will be under heatwaves above of 100F
- A total of 127 million of Americans will also experience highs above 90F, accounting for 39 percent of the US population (329.5million)
- Northern Florida will see temperatures above 100F for the first time in three years as forecasts in Tallahassee and Jacksonville for Thursday are 103F and 102F respectively
- New Orleans, Pensacola, Tampa and Jacksonville will also experience high levels of humidity that will make conditions feel close to 110F (43C)
- Severe thunderstorms struck both the West and East Coast on Wednesday, bringing powerful lightning and winds that devastated Los Angeles and Central Virginia
- In Virginia, 70,000 were left without power after dozens of trees were downed by the gusts, which are expected to continue through the East Coast with winds between 60 to 80 mph
Americans are set to experience another heatwave that will see temperatures reach triple-digits across parts of the Gulf Coast and Florida, just a day after intense storms struck both coasts and left 70,000 Virginians without power.
Chicago, Minneapolis, Memphis, Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta were among several cities under excessive heat warnings on Monday, while temperatures in Nashville and Phoenix exceeded 100 Fahrenheit; overall, 20 percent of the US population, 67.9 million people, have been affected by the weather.
Minneapolis and St. Louis, cities in Minnesota, also saw local weather soar, reaching roughly 101F Monday, accompanied by high humidity that made conditions feel close to 110F. The excessive heat in the Twin Cities is so unusual that roads are starting to cave in two spots on I-35 in the Minneapolis Metropolitan area, according to Kare11.
Other than Minnesota, 10 states in total — Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida and Louisiana — saw temperatures at or above 100F on Wednesday.
On Thursday, an estimated 30 million Americans will be enduring massive heatwaves, particularly states with access to the Gulf Coast and in Florida, mainly in Jacksonville, Pensacola and Tallahassee.
When temperatures are at their highest at 5 p.m. on Thursday, weather in Minneapolis will be 94F, while Nashville and Phoenix will respectively reach 99F and 108F. Temperatures in Memphis, New Orleans, Atlanta and Dallas will range between 90F to 105F
Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky all reached highs of at least 100F on Wednesday, with some of them expected to have similar temperature levels on Thursday, along with Texas
Rain and thunderstorms are spread across both coasts on Thursday after California and Virginia were battered on June 22
A total of 127 million of American will also experience highs above 90F on Thursday, accounting for 39 percent of the US population (329.5 million).
Northern Florida will see temperatures reach above 100F for the first time in three years as forecasts in Tallahassee and Jacksonville for Thursday are 103F and 102F respectively.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Tallahassee was 105F, in June 2011.
New Orleans, Pensacola, Tampa and Jacksonville will also experience high levels of humidity that make conditions feel close to 110F (43C), potentially going as high as 115F.
Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, Texas, are observing the hottest June ever, with temperatures exceeding 100F in all four cities.
Heat advisories, excessive heat warnings and excessive heat watches were issued over states through most of the month of June, stretching through parts of the Gulf Coast. Pictured: Workers brave the oppressive heat in Jackson, Miss., as they reroof the Barfield Complex on June 13
New Orleans, Pensacola, Tampa and Jacksonville will also experience high levels of humidity that make conditions feel close to 110F (43C), potentially going as high as 115F. Pictured: A boy fishing in Florida on June 13
Temperatures in Florida are close to exceeding an all-time high, with Jacksonville and Tallahassee almost reaching 105F. Pictured: Two children play at a water park, June 13, in Miami Beach, Fla.
On Thursday, an estimated 30million Americans, which represents nearly 10 percent of the country’s total population, will be under heatwaves above of 100F. Pictured: Beachgoers cooling off in Miami on June 13
Meanwhile, severe storms left thousands without power in portions of northern Virginia and snarled the evening commute on Wednesday, while other areas contended with flooding, hail, fallen trees and downed power lines, officials said.
Warrenton, in Fauquier County, Va., was the hardest hit area after storms brought trees and branches down on homes and also blocked lanes on Interstate 66, WTOP reported. The storms have knocked out power for nearly 70,000 homes and businesses in the region.
Warrenton Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer said storms raced through the town, leaving scattered power outages and toppling trees and taking power lines across major streets leading in and out of downtown. No injuries were reported, Schaeffer said.
WRC (Warrenton Regional Chamber) reported one Warrenton resident was trapped in her home because of fallen trees.
Trees blocked US-15/US-29 Lee Highway between Warrenton and New Baltimore, authorities said.
Forecasters said the Shenandoah Valley could face a second round of thunderstorms overnight.
Residents in Central Virginia are seeing the effects of Wednesday’s devastating storms as they bombard the area with torrential rain, causing trees to fall
About 70,000 residents were left without power after the storm took down trees and branches
The storm brought gusts between 60 to 80 mph in Richmond and other cities in Virginia
Major damages from the storm was also reported in Chesterfield, Virginia, with one home’s roof caving in
In Richmond, the powerful gusts ripped through the walls of a dilapidated building
Dozens of downed trees scattered throughout Central Virginia have left 70,000 without power
Pictured: A roof collapsing at an apartment complex in Richmond following the initial storm on Wednesday
Antonia Mendoza Chavez, 52, and her two dogs were killed on Wednesday by severe thunderstorms in Los Angeles County, Southern California
As thunderstorms pummeled Southern California Wednesday, a woman and her two dogs were killed by a lightning strike, authorities said.
The fatal lightning strike was reported at 8:50 a.m. near the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Branham said.
‘It was a female Hispanic adult who had been struck by lightning and did not survive her injuries,’ he said.
‘She was walking two dogs and the dogs were also deceased.’
The woman was later identified as Antonia Mendoza Chavez, 52.
The city ordered its work crews and summer camps indoors, and canceled outdoor activities including a farmers market.
Thunder storms hit Southern California on Wednesday, with lighting setting trees on fire and also killing a woman and her two dogs while she was walking them along the riverbed in Pico Rivera
Firefighters have been running throughout Los Angeles and Southern California to put out fires caused by lightning
Officials are warning that powerful lightning strikes in LA could be the catalyst for fires in the area
Pictured, a tree ripped in half by the powerful gusts in LA as officials work to clear the debris
The thunderstorms were caused by a low-pressure system off the coast, pulling monsoonal moisture northward into the region, meteorologists said.
Southern California Edison reported power outages affecting more than 27,000 customers.
The National Weather Service said most rainfall was light but there were exceptions, including a cell over the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County where a gauge recorded nearly an inch of rain.
The lightning raised concern about the potential for fires in the drought-stricken region, and lifeguards closed some Orange County beaches.
Forecasters said the weather would start calming down on Thursday and then become more typical June conditions.