Ida’s flood threat extends into the Northeast U.S.

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HOUSTONTexas (KIAH) While Ida may be weak now in terms of wind, it’s still a big concern for a large part of the eastern third of the U.S.

Forecast rain totals from NOAA indicate some spots could see up around half a foot of rain, with the heaviest focused in the area between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

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Flash flood watches are in effect from the Florida Panhandle to Massachusetts. The majority of Ida’s rain will finally exit the U.S. gradually on Thursday.

In addition to the rain, a severe storm threat exists in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region today, and Mid-Atlantic again on Wednesday. This includes the possibility of tornadoes. So far, Ida has produced 5 tornadoes, mostly in Alabama. The final number may very well go up once NOAA has a chance to investigate the damage areas.

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