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Severe thunderstorms pose ‘risk to life’ for as many as 60 million along the East Coast

Severe thunderstorms expected to strike the Northeast may put as many as 60 million at risk on Wednesday.

‘Severe thunderstorms will be possible from Montreal, Canada, down through Syracuse, New York, with severe weather approaching the I-95 corridor by Wednesday evening,’ AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.

A cold front clashing with humid, muggy temperatures is the cause behind the concerning forecast.

The storms are expected to impact over 100,000 square miles of land in the most populous region of the nation, meaning over 60 million people will be at risk of injury or even death. 

Severe thunderstorms expected to strike the Northeast may put as many as 60 million at risk on Wednesday, thanks to a cold front clashing with humid, muggy temperatures

Experts from AccuWeather have recommended that those planning to engage in outdoor activities not wander too far from an enclosed shelter or vehicle.

Winds may move as fast as  40-50 miles per hour, requiring quick access to shelter.

People staying home in the Northeast are advised to have a backup generator handy, if possible, in case of a prolonged power outage. 

It’s possible isolate tornadoes may touch down, but more prominent threats include flooding and damaging winds.

Connecticut saw quickly oncoming floods on Tuesday, requiring emergency responders to rescue several people who were caught on the road in the rain

Connecticut saw quickly oncoming floods on Tuesday, requiring emergency responders to rescue several people who were caught on the road in the rain

'Two adults and two children were rescued from (2) vehicles that were swept off the road by swift water flooding,' the Town of Westport Fire Department shared on Facebook

‘Two adults and two children were rescued from (2) vehicles that were swept off the road by swift water flooding,’ the Town of Westport Fire Department shared on Facebook

Connecticut saw quickly oncoming floods on Tuesday, requiring emergency responders to rescue several people who were caught on the road in the rain.

‘Two adults and two children were rescued from (2) vehicles that were swept off the road by swift water flooding,’ the Town of Westport Fire Department shared on Facebook.

‘Westport firefighters removed 3 occupants from the roof and one from inside the vehicle. FD had to break a window and extricate an individual. No injuries were reported.’

'Westport firefighters removed 3 occupants from the roof and one from inside the vehicle. FD had to break a window and extricate an individual. No injuries were reported,' the FD said

‘Westport firefighters removed 3 occupants from the roof and one from inside the vehicle. FD had to break a window and extricate an individual. No injuries were reported,’ the FD said

As dangerous conditions approach the Northeast, weather experts warn of risks associated with wind damage.

‘The greatest risk to lives and property may come from the potential for falling trees, due to the saturated state of the ground,’ AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

‘The trees have drawn up a great deal of water, but the ground remains saturated. The trees are literally top heavy now, so any moderate gust of wind can knock them over.’

Flooding is a serious concern coming along with the potential for large amounts of rainfall

Flooding is a serious concern coming along with the potential for large amounts of rainfall

Those who have to travel between Washington, DC and New York on Wednesday will also need to heed warnings and be sure to keep an eye on forecast updates.

Roadway visibility along that route may well be rapidly reduced to only a few hundred feet.

Flooding is also a serious concern coming along with the potential for large amounts of rainfall. 

Street and highway flooding is expected along large portions of interstates 80, 90 and 95, as well as secondary roads. 

The severe weather made its way through part of the Midwest including the greater Chicago area on Tuesday. 

Unseasonably warm temperatures coupled with humidity entering the Ohio Valley and the Northeast, along with a rapidly intensifying system coming in from the Great Lakes region to eastern Canada have created the perfect storm, so to speak, for the potentially treacherous weather. 

Unusually cold air behind the storm system colliding with clammy humidity coming in from the east could spark widespread, destructive storms. 

As for the rest of the Northeast, the threat is expected to hit and pass quickly. 

‘The front will move offshore by Wednesday night, ending the risk of severe weather,’ Adamson said.

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