Deadly Storms Pass Northeast, as Hurricanes Surge Off Coasts

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A storm system that killed two people on Monday swept through the Northeast Wednesday night, sending a tree crashing into an apartment building near Washington, D.C., triggering flash flood watches in Pennsylvania and New York and dumping as much as two inches of rain in parts.

There were no reports of fatalities or injuries in Wednesday’s storms, which were part of a system that spawned 25 tornadoes across the South and killed a Marine veteran in Arkansas and a woman in Alabama on Monday. Three thousand people lost power in the Washington, D.C., area and high winds toppled a tree which struck a three-story apartment building, NBC Washington reported. Parts of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley received two inches of rain, NBC affiliate WGAL reported.

Off both American coasts, far more serious storms were developing Wednesday. In the east, Bermuda issued a hurricane watch as Hurricane Gonzalo approached; the effects of that storm, traveling at 13 miles per hour with winds of 125 mph, could begin to be felt on Friday.

To the west, Hawaii canceled all Hawaii Island public schools on Friday and prepared to open shelters as it braces for the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana, which is expected strengthen to a hurricane and could be felt as soon as Friday. Winds are projected to blow up to 70 mph.


— NBC News

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.