Scorching Heat, Floods, and Tornadoes: Extreme Weather Across the U.S.

Millions in the U.S. face extreme weather conditions, from heatwaves to floods. Officials warn citizens to stay hydrated amid high temperatures and potential tornadoes. Significant flooding in Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin has led to evacuations and emergency declarations. Last year, heat waves caused over 2,300 deaths.

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 23-06-2024 23:39 IST | Created: 23-06-2024 23:39 IST
Scorching Heat, Floods, and Tornadoes: Extreme Weather Across the U.S.
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Millions of Americans are braced for another scorching day, with potential relief from rolling storms later this Sunday. Floodwaters have engulfed parts of the Midwest, including an evacuated town in Iowa submerged up to rooftops.

In California, Central Valley temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits (over 37 Celsius) into Monday. From the mid-Atlantic to Maine, much of the Midwest, and throughout inland California, public officials are advising residents to stay hydrated as they endure intense heat and humidity. In Oklahoma, the heat index is forecasted to hit 107 degrees (41 degrees Celsius) on Sunday.

"It's crucial for people outdoors to stay hydrated, as heat, humidity, and low winds can quickly become dangerous," stated Bruce Thoren, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oklahoma. The National Weather Service has also warned of potential rare tornadoes in the Northeast later on Sunday. Tornadoes on Saturday in Wisconsin leveled the historic Apple Grove Lutheran Church in Argyle.

On Saturday, sirens in Rock Valley, Iowa, alerted residents to evacuate as floodwaters surged. "We've had so much rain," said Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo. Iowa's Governor Kim Reynolds declared a disaster for 21 counties, including Sioux County, which encompasses Rock Valley. Heavy rainfall in South Dakota prompted Governor Kristi Noem to declare an emergency, flooding several highways. "Even though the rain is slowing, we need to stay vigilant," Noem advised. Last year, the U.S. saw the highest number of heat waves since 1936, contributing to over 2,300 deaths.

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