The east coast of the United States is on Friday on alert for the passage of powerful storms that in the last hours killed at least five people in various states of the region, where there have also been strong winds and the destruction of homes and infrastructure .
The CBS channel reported that a possible tornado touched down on Thursday in Spartanburg, in South Carolina, where several properties were destroyed and numerous power lines were dropped.
Several more were reported in the state of Mississippi, which caused trees to fall on public roads and raze with several mobile homes.
Tornado notices by the National Meteorological Service (NWS) are still active in the states of Delaware and Maryland.
In Florida, strong gusts of wind knocked down a large construction crane, although no victims were registered in a region where some 55 million people are under weather warnings.
The authorities have confirmed the death of five people related to the storms left by the cold front that crosses the east coast of the country: South Carolina and North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.
In Tennessee and neighboring Kentucky there were floods and several homes were damaged by bad weather conditions.
With this panorama, the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, declared late this Thursday the state of emergency in response to “heavy rains and extreme floods” in the region.
“This climate is potentially dangerous, and rivers and streams can generate floods hours after the rain has passed,” Northam said.
The NWS said that heavy snowfall will be recorded in the northeast on Friday, where more than 30 centimeters could accumulate in northern New York and New England and heavy frosts.
To this we must add warnings of strong gusts of wind along the east coast while the cold front moves towards the Atlantic.
About 320,000 customers remain without power this Friday in the two Carolinas, Virginia, Florida and Maryland, according to the specialized website poweroutage.us.
Heavy rains have forced roads to be cut in the region and historical precipitation figures were exceeded in at least 11 cities in the southwest.