March 30th, 2010
08:17 AM ET

Weather Update: Floods, wildfire and winter warnings

Severe weather threatens much of the country Tuesday with storm systems bringing rains, flooding, high wind, extreme hot weather and winter warnings to varying parts of the country.

The Northeast is bracing today for a new round of flooding as a slow-moving storm system readied to dump up to 6 inches of rain in some parts.

The rain, expected to continue for the next three days, may push some already-swollen rivers in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts over their banks.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and mobilized the National Guard to help with relief efforts. The Pawtuxet River in Cranston, Rhode Island, will break last week’s record flood stage of 14.98 feet when it crests around 16.1 feet later today.

The southern central Plains are facing extreme fire dangers today when a large area of high pressure will bring warm, summer-like temperatures. Temperatures are expected to approach 90 degrees in some locations later this afternoon. The warm temperatures, low relative humidity and windy conditions will create critical wildfire conditions across New Mexico, west Texas, western Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas. Extreme fire danger conditions exist across portions of the Dakotas and Nebraska. Widespread Red Flag Warnings are in effect from the Edwards Plateau to the southern high Plains northward into the western Dakotas. Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings are also in effect for much of Georgia and Florida.

And in the deserts of the Southwest visibility could be a big problem - high wind watches and warnings are in effect for much of the Desert Southwest, where winds could gust as high as 60 mph across the higher elevations and mountain passes later today. Las Vegas is under a high wind warning. Winds there could gust as high as 45 mph. Widespread blowing dust will spread across the region dropping visibilities to less than a mile.

Though we're  heading into spring, that doesn't mean the winter storm warnings are gone yet. In much of the Sierra-Nevada, they'll face winter storm warnings as 1 to 2 feet of snow is expected across the higher elevations. Winter storm warnings are also in effect for the Cascades.

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  1. Moonbombing

    It's all because we bombed the moon in October... All the earthquakes, the weather paterns, cyclones, hurricanes, tsunami's are all related to our attempt to find water on the moon.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mathias

    The same mentality as that of the antediluvians is plaguing our society. People say that "the same things that happened in the past, are still happening today; floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, etc...thus, they are normal happenings". However, we fail to realize that the frequency of these calamities and or natural disasters is considerably increasing. Whether you admit it or conceal it, Jesus is really coming soon. If you are all Bible readers, you'll acknowledge the validity of its predictions and prepare yourselves and your children to face the Lord when He comes. I need to be prepared; we all need to be prepared.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. todpod

    echoing this stuff happens every year – i like the comment that went something like this: the end of days could have been practically every day since the beginning of time (human created time, that is).
    It's all a cycle – humans have been on this earth for about 35K years, a mere speck in the grand scheme of things. Do you know how many "end-of-day" type cycles/events occured say from the Crustacean period until homo sapiens started running around? I can only imagine the number, but the dinosaurs just went with it....good thing they didn't have TV...they would have been all up in claws!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. PS

    "How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?...it shall be for a time, times and an half:..." Daniel 12:6-7. What that means is natural disasters, famine, pestilences, etc will happen times and times again even as the earth protest at the blood spilled upon it – cycles and cycles just as history has proven. For those living in a partcular cycle that were swept away and lost their lives, it really is the one last time for them – as in "a time". And when the sins of the people reaches such a proportion yet refuses to repent and turn with sincere heart to the Lord Jesus Christ who can healed and save the land and them, the end will come in such horrendous intensity there wont be many left who can even live to see the fullness of the destruction – as "an half "a time.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
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