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Storm Beryl: Heavy rain threatens flooding as storm moves northeast

Storm Beryl: Heavy rain threatens flooding as storm moves northeast

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Beryl spawned tornadoes and threatened flooding Wednesday as the system swept across Canada and the northeastern U.S. after leaving millions of people stranded in the Houston area. without electricity.

Beryl, which made landfall in Texas on Monday as a Category 1 hurricane, was a post-tropical cyclone and was moving over southeastern Michigan around noon Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph), the National Weather Service reported.

The threat of heavy rain and flooding extended from the Great Lakes to New England and included southern Canada. The storm brought 3 to 6 inches of rain to northern Indiana, drenching the ground and threatening to topple trees in strong winds.

According to PowerOutage.us, tens of thousands of customers in New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania were without power.

In an AP interview, Bob Oravec, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Beryl would bring a lot of rain to the East Coast as it continued its path through the United States.

At least one tornado touched down in upstate New York on Wednesday afternoon, the weather service reported. Videos posted on social media showed whirling debris under threatening skies. Trees and property were damaged in communities south of Buffalo, said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. There were no reports of injuries.

In neighboring Vermont, residents prepared for possible flash floods. Anniversary of the severe floods last July. The weather service said the storm “will not be as catastrophic as the floods last July, but will still pose a real danger if flash flooding occurs.”

A tornado warning was in effect across much of Vermont until 9 p.m. Wednesday, and rescue teams and the National Guard were on standby, according to Vermont Emergency Management.

A tornado in southwest Indiana’s Posey County on Tuesday evening caused large parts of a warehouse to collapse, ripped off roofs, derailed train cars and damaged mobile homes. No injuries were reported.

Jerrod Prather, a supervisor at Nutrien Ag Solutions, told the Evansville Courier & Press that he saw the tornado on a surveillance camera.

“I saw it come down, rise again and then come down again,” he said.

beryl has been blamed for at least seven deaths in the U.S. — one in Louisiana and six in Texas — and at least 11 in the Caribbean. More than 1.6 million homes and businesses in Texas were still without power as of early Wednesday afternoon, down from a peak of more than 2.7 million on Monday, according to PowerOutage.us.

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Associated Press writers Sarah Brumfield in Maryland, Carolyn Thompson in upstate New York and Lisa Rathke in Vermont contributed to this report.