Severe weather bears down on Midwest, Northeast

Heavy rain caused flash flooding and washed out roads in Scott County, Kentucky, north of Lexington, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.PlayMelissa McQueen/Twitter
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Flash flood watches are in place for five states in the Midwest on Monday as the work week is set to get off to a rainy start. Those heavy showers and a possibility for severe storms will move into the Northeast by midweek.

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Almost 15 inches of rain fell in northwestern Texas and into southern Oklahoma over the weekend, causing flash flooding and washing out roads. Overnight, 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in Tennessee and Kentucky and caused flash flooding there.

Flash flood watches are in place for parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio on Monday morning.

More heavy rainfall is forecast from the South into the Northeast and flash flooding is likely through Wednesday.

PHOTO: Rainfall could be as much as 4 inches locally in eastern Kentucky and eastern Pennsylvania.ABC News
Rainfall could be as much as 4 inches locally in eastern Kentucky and eastern Pennsylvania.

In addition to flash flooding, a new cold front is moving into the Midwest -- and eventually into the Northeast -- bringing severe weather with it.

Severe weather is expected Tuesday from Illinois into Michigan and Ohio. Damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes are possible.

Severe alerts will be in place across the Midwest on Tuesday.ABC News
Severe alerts will be in place across the Midwest on Tuesday.

The cold front will move into the Northeast by Wednesday and threaten Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., with damaging winds, some hail and the possibility of an isolated tornado.

PHOTO: The severe storms will move into the Northeast by Wednesday.ABC News
The severe storms will move into the Northeast by Wednesday.

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