Nightly News   |  July 28, 2013

Heavy rains have some states on alert, while Midwest deals with cold front

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in states like North Carolina, New Mexico and Utah, while a cold front in the Midwest has residents reaching for their jackets in July. The Weather Channel’s Kim Cunningham reports.

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>>> severe weather has residents of several states on alert as people in north carolina remain without power. the weather channel 's kim cunningham has more for us.

>> reporter: a deluge of rain caused major flooding and widespread power outages in north carolina this weekend. as much as 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in the western part of the state in less than 12 hours. they closed 60 roads in catawba county . the heavy rain was also blamed for the death of a 10-year-old girl and disappearance of a 48-year-old man who were swept away while swimming in a creek 100 miles north of charlotte.

>> we're trying to bring closure.

>> reporter: heavy rains and record winds of up to 89 miles per hour also hit new mexico.

>> in the 12 years i've lived here.

>> reporter: well, just a week after that deadly heat wave , we now have temperatures much cooler than average. what this is doing is allowing cold air from the north to spill out of the canada and into the u.s. stanley i.d. hoe had a independenter-like, 34 degrees this morning. and sioux city iowa had its coolest morning since 1995 with a low of 44. and the coldest july reading since 1992 . hovering in the low 60s, it was warmer in alaska than it was in chicago, illinois.

>> we were pretty worried that it was going to be like last week, in the 90s.

>> reporter: a strong cold front is now making its way east which could mean more flooding ahead. and you know, we've seen flooding already in philadelphia. over 5 inches of rain in just three hours. all because of this cold front and all the moisture coming northward. we're going to see thunderstorms tonight through tomorrow even into new england. we could see heavy rain and possibility of flash flooding . once this exits, then we're going to focus our attention in the pacific. we're watching tropical storm flossie head toward the hawaiian islands .

>> thank you.