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Northeast under wind, flood warnings as large storm passes

Areas across the Northeast remained under flood and high wind warnings Monday afternoon as a massive storm, which rattled Middle Tennessee with a string of deadly tornadoes over the weekend, moved through the region.

Forecasters said much more benign weather was expected in most of the East by Tuesday, though lake-effect snow will be an issue downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario.

Monday afternoon, thousands of power outages remained in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine as winds knocked down trees and power lines. Roads flooded by the barrage of rainfall or blocked by debris have caused back ups, detours and street closures.

Over 125 flights were delayed and 13 were canceled on Monday at airports in New York City, Washington and Boston, according to FlightAware.

Wind gusts of up to 40 mph were recorded in New York City and Boston. Meteorologists said gusts in some areas, such as Long Island and the southern coast of Massachusetts, could reach 60-70 mph before the storm slowly moves off the Atlantic coast.

The storm brought the first snowfall to Washington, D.C., this year, with amounts ranging between 0.2 to 1 inch, before the system moved east out of the area around 7 a.m. Parts of Maryland recorded up to 3 inches. Several schools delayed their start time by two hours on Monday because of the snow.

The weather comes after the greater Nashville region was pummeled by an estimated 13 tornadoes late Saturday. Six people were confirmed dead Saturday night in Tennessee, and 83 were reportedly taken to hospitals, according to officials.

Lake-effect snow likely Tuesday, Wednesday

The National Weather Service said that in the wake of the East Coast storm, lake-effect snow will develop downwind from the Great Lakes through Wednesday. The heaviest snow will be downwind from Lake Ontario on Tuesday.

December 9, 2023 : A car is buried under rubble on Main Street after a tornado hit Hendersonville, Tenn.
December 9, 2023 : A car is buried under rubble on Main Street after a tornado hit Hendersonville, Tenn.

Cleanup underway in Tennessee as tens of thousands without power

A coordinated cleanup effort in areas where extensive tornado damage occurred in Tennessee began Monday, with volunteers being taken to devastated areas on buses.

The deadly storm system and tornadoes sent dozens of people to the hospital, damaged buildings, turned over vehicles and knocked out power to tens of thousands. As of Monday afternoon, over 15,000 people were without power across the state, according to figures from Poweroutage.us.

The National Weather Service said an estimated nine counties were impacted by tornado damage and counties affected by severe weather damage were "likely double" that.

“It’s nothing out of the ordinary for us to have tornadoes this time of year,” meteorologist Scott Unger in Nashville said Monday. “The environment was just right. We had the warm, moist air coming up from the Gulf. We had the cold air coming down from the north. The two things combine and create the right conditions for us to have tornadoes.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee talked to reporters after touring the damage Sunday: “It’s really painful to watch, especially at Christmas season. But again, there’s a great wave of hope when you watch Tennesseans come alongside.”

Tornado developments:

◾The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department identified three people, including a 2-year-old boy, who were killed in storms in Nashville on Saturday. Joseph Dalton, 37, was inside his mobile home when the storm rolled it on top of the home of Floridema Gabriel Perez, 31, according to police. Both died. Perez's son Anthony Elmer Mendez, 2, was also killed.

Three other fatalities were confirmed in Clarksville by the Montgomery County Mayor's Office Saturday evening. Montgomery County officials also said 23 people are being treated at hospitals for injuries.

Contributing: The Tennessean; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Storm brings high winds, flood warnings to Northeast