US faces triple weather threats | Voice of America
The US National Weather Service warned on Friday that the country was facing “three weather zones of concern,” noting that the Gulf Coast, Midwest and West were experiencing three different but powerful weather conditions.
The meteorological agency said the Gulf Coast and parts of the southeast are facing “tropical showers and a growing threat of dangerous flash floods” from a storm in the Gulf of Mexico. States affected by the heavy rains include southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. A few “isolated tornadoes” could appear on Saturday in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
“Severe thunderstorms and flash floods” are expected in the Ohio Valley and the Midwest, the service said. In addition, “a slow cold front draped across the Great Lakes and into the central plains will be the focus of thunderstorm activity,” the agency said. “Warm temperatures and an abundance of atmospheric humidity will lead to powerful thunderstorms and the capacity for intense precipitation rates” for the region.
Meanwhile, the weather service said: “An oppressive, dangerous and long-lasting heat wave will continue” in the West, which is experiencing record triple-digit temperatures. The statement said that “excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are still in effect across much of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and parts of western Colorado and from northern New Mexico. Red flag warnings have also been issued to highlight the fire danger associated with the continuous heat and extremely dry soils. “