Monday, January 17, 2022

Tropical Depression Fred closes highways with mudslides, floods

Tropical Depression Fred rolled into West Virginia early Wednesday and brought heavy rain across the northeastern US, threatening New York with landslides and flash floods after closing off interstate highways in the lower Appalachians. Tornado watches remained in effect in mountainous areas of Virginia and the Carolinas.

Unconfirmed tornadoes sparked by stormy weather damaged locations in Georgia and North Carolina on Tuesday as Fred moved north, well inland from coastal areas that usually bear the brunt of tropical weather. The Florida Highway Patrol said one death had been reported, a Las Vegas man whose car rammed into a hydroplane and a ditch near Panama City, Florida, hours after the storm made its way ashore.

About 25,000 customers were without power early Wednesday, according to utility tracker poweroutage.us, most of them in West Virginia and North Carolina, where incessant rain washed away waterways and shoveled rocks and mud on highways. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, several landslides closed Interstate 19 through Nantahala Gorge.

The National Hurricane Center said Fred had top sustained winds of 25 mph (35 kph) and was moving to the northeast of Charleston, West Virginia at 20 mph (32 kph) on Wednesday morning .

Water rises in Peachtree Creek
Water rises in Peachtree Creek near Atlanta, Ga., on August 17, 2021. (Brian Anderson/AP Photo)

On Tuesday, 14 potential tornadoes struck Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the Weather Service. Transylvania County, North Carolina declared a state of emergency after 10 inches of falls, sending mud and rock to highways, flooded roads and destroyed at least one home.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Grace was strengthening after torrential rain hit quake-damaged Haiti. Grace’s sustained winds increased to 65 mph early Wednesday as it moved between southeastern Cuba and Jamaica, and could be a hurricane before hitting Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula late Wednesday or early Thursday.

It was about 40 miles southeast of Grand Cayman, where a tropical storm warning was in effect, as well as the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from north of Cancun to Campeche and south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Yucatan including Cozumel from Cancun to Punta Herrero.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Henry was about 160 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. The Hurricane Center said the small tropical cyclone had winds of 65 mph and was expected to circle widely around the island.

The Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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