Mother Swept Away in Fast Moving Floods as Husband and Daughter Cling to Tree

Severe weather and flooding is posing a serious risk to travel and safety, shutting down roads and airports.
2:59 | 07/15/14

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Transcript for Mother Swept Away in Fast Moving Floods as Husband and Daughter Cling to Tree
We do begin with that line of storms on the move right now and it's been a terrifying 24 hours for so many -- -- very close calls flash floods. Just look at the radar at this hour the severe thunderstorms and powerful winds moving across much of the east. And this is College Park, Maryland a short time ago the wind whipping there was trees the relentless rain. And this tonight. Look closely at that car there was a family inside the father and daughter clinging to a tree and as I mentioned at the top the mother inside swept away for miles. Tonight hear her survival story and let's get right to it all the year old is -- -- tracking it again tonight and it's gonna be another tough evening. It is David already fifty severe storm reports at least that number is going to go up we know that seventeen states now threatened by flood watches from California to Maine tonight. We take you inside the storm. Tonight thunderstorms taking over the skies of New York City major highways and airports shutting down for a time around the Big Apple. Cars foolishly plowing through flash flooding in New Jersey. Very similar scene in Ohio causing frightening accidents like this for -- -- -- near Cincinnati. Their car -- complaining and heavy rain hitting a pole then falling into a flooded ditch before washing away from the road. Because of that -- -- The ruling would cost. That this -- that -- that to me. Site -- -- debate on the opening and making five some have. Dad and daughter straddling a downed tree for safety the water's -- mom another four miles away. When I found him and the baby hanging onto a tree about the car she they words he was screaming that his wife drowned. And she was screaming the same thing or their my husband. Baby drowned so. Pretty after eating when we got them both together. Remember it only takes two feet of fast moving water in a flash flood situation. To move the vehicle even a big SUV like this two feet picture right there to the top of the -- that is not a lot of water. In Arizona monsoon rains filling the streets Georgia Arnold since -- the water wasn't that deep when she entered the intersection. Just like -- minimal amount of Michael little I don't I haven't done that why it came rushing through with tree debris had. I don't mean just blacks and everything. Just came flying at my car. Horrific ordeal -- -- -- -- now looking at the next 24 hours here that's -- there's a little pocket out in the mountains but I want to say the severe storms along that cold front tonight who has to be on the lookout. Yet from rally all the way up to New Hampshire we've even seen tornado warnings in Maine David so we're watching that for tonight then the cold front will move on. Tomorrow we're gonna get rid of -- here along the East Coast but until then the flash flood potential is there locally over three inches from South Carolina. Up their New England again afternoon tomorrow Davis only really start to things dry out along the East Coast. But behind it. What they called refreshing or -- Kansas City this morning woke up to a record 54. -- seventies and eighties as -- as ginger thank you.

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