What to Know After Severe Storms Hit Vast Areas of the U.S.

Strong winds and heavy rain left hundreds of thousands of utility customers in the eastern United States without power on Wednesday. Roads and buildings across a wide region were flooded and battered by the storm, with some rivers and streams still rising.

At least four weather-related deaths were reported in the Southeast on Tuesday, and an apparent tornado tore through homes in businesses around Panama City Beach, Fla. In one Alabama town, hail the size of baseballs fell.

The bad weather was part of a series of storms that swept across the country this week, drenching parts of the Northeast while blizzard conditions walloped the Pacific Northwest and strong winds ripped through the South. Another storm — followed by Arctic temperatures — is expected on Friday.

Flooding is still a risk, even after the worst of the rain.

Though the storm itself had moved beyond the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions by Wednesday afternoon, runoff from the rain continued to pose a risk of flooding.

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