Severe weather outbreak hits East Coast just before long weekend

PHOTO: Vehicles travel through a flooded section of Highway 61 South following severe weather, April 13, 2019, in Vicksburg, Miss. PlayCourtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP
WATCH 3 killed as tornadoes, wind, floods batter Southeast

The major storm is moving east, leaving in its wake at least 18 tornadoes and more than 300 damaging storm reports over two days in five states, as the East Coast braces for severe weather.

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Nine of those tornadoes, reported yesterday, were in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, as parts of Arkansas saw half a foot of rain and flash flooding. A tornado watch in the region is in effect until 8 a.m. Central time today.

PHOTO: A tornado watch was issued this morning along the Gulf Coast. ABC News
A tornado watch was issued this morning along the Gulf Coast.

Severe storms are likely today from Pennsylvania to Florida, with the harshest weather visiting Virginia and the Carolinas. Wind gusts in excess of 70 mph are possible, as are tornadoes and flash flooding.

PHOTO: Virginia and the Carolinas may see severe storms today. ABC News
Virginia and the Carolinas may see severe storms today.

Farther north, the same system will deliver heavy rain from Virginia to Maine, which could see more than 3 inches in some areas. Flood watches have been issued in 11 states so far.

PHOTO: Flooding alerts have been issued in the Northeast. ABC News
Flooding alerts have been issued in the Northeast.

Washington, Philadelphia and New York City could see significant rain and potential flooding. Parts of Atlanta were without power around 6:30 a.m. Eastern time.

PHOTO: Some spots may see 4 inches of rain over the weekend. ABC News
Some spots may see 4 inches of rain over the weekend.
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