Deadly Floods in Florida

Florida residents wading knee-deep after 22 inches of rain turned streets into rivers.
3:00 | 01/11/14

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Look at the view from above tonight. Nearly two feet of rain falling in florida. These images from delray beach. Further north, fierce winds and a reported funnel clouds destroying this building in raleigh, north carolina. The damage coming in. And look at these images. The frozen rivers melting across this country, threatening to spill over. Including new jersey's delaware river there. And in pennsylvania, blocks of ice moving on the susquehanna river. In the northwest tonight, a powerful storm hitting while we're on the air. Tens of thousands already in the dark. We have it all covered here, beginning with abc's linzie janis. Reporter: Tonight, the polar vortex thaw, triggering massive flooding. I've lived here five years. And this is the first time that it's flooded this bad. Reporter: In palm beach county, florida, nearly 22 inches of rain in 24 hours. Residents wading knee-deep. Some even using kayaks to escape. Hasn't been like this since hurricane katrina, last I could remember. Reporter: Authorities say the driver of this suv died, because she couldn't see where the street ended and the canal began. In georgia, strong winds sent a tree crashing through the roof of this mobile home, pinning a 14-year-old girl inside to the floor. Very delicate situation where we had to keep the tree stable at all times so it didn't continue to fall on this young lady. Reporter: Rescuers used an air bag to prop up the tree to free her. Her 2-year-old cousin found nearby was safely rescued, too. Funnel clouds spotted in raleigh, north carolina. Heavy winds ripping through these houses being built. Farther north, at new jersey's freehold raceway, a slick track sent this starting gate car plowing into the horses. We have an accident on the track. Reporter: Tonight, those horses are all okay. And in falmouth, maine, freezing rain triggering this major accident between four tractor-trailers and two cars. Here in new york city, the big thaw, bringing warm temperatures and plenty of rain. But in the western part of new york state, a flood watch still in effect. David? Some real flooding fears as we head into tonight. Our thanks to linzie. I want to bring in meteorologist chris knowles in from the weather center tonight. Chris, great to have you. You were saying, this rain continues right on through the night. That's right, david. Another storm is moving into florida. And the entire east coast is affected. A front that stretches from maine to florida. Up to two inches of rain with this. Strong winds, as well. We have ice jam concerns and flooding in the northeast, all up and down the i-95 corridor. But the worst of it is taking place in the southeast. Raleigh-durham airport. An 86-mile-per-hour wind gust there. So, strong winds throughout the evening. Not to mention the possibility of a few tornados. We've already had some reports of funnel clouds down to the south. And, chris, we can't forget the northwest tonight. Tens of thousands without power because of the storm moving in there. A monster storm. One we like to call, with teeth, david, is moving into the northwest. Winds there gusting 60 miles per hour or better. And the snow is a problem. In the cascades, up to two feet. So, we have serious issues going on in that part of the country. Chris knowles with us tonight. Chris, thank you.

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