Flash Flood Warnings on Both Sides of the Country

Dangerous conditions and what you need to know to stay safe.
2:27 | 09/02/13

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interview. We turn now to dafrnt voyage tonight, driving home after the labor day holiday. For many it will not be easy. From the northeast to the south, blinding rain and rescues out west. Abc's weather editor sam champion right here with a forecast in a moment but first steve osunsami on the pictures coming in right now. Reporter: Across the northeast here comes more blinding rain just in time for the trip home this holiday. Why can't it rain just a little? In north carolina overnight heavy rains were dramatic. Rescue workers pulled a set of parents and their young children from the car after it started sinking in the flood waters. Same story in lexington, kentucky where a police cruiser stalled in the flash floods. The rain was bringing down more giant trees. It's a huge problem in georgia, months of soggy soil at the roots continue to spell disaster. Tonight these families are without power. There was a big noise and the tree fell and that was all, you know. Scared me to death. Reporter: Out west there were at least a dozen water rescues in southern california, including this one, where the driver got out just in time. Steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. Incredible pictures. I want to bring in sam champion now. This goes into the night? It certainly does. It should have been no surprise to folks. It's been a tough day today. Watch this cold front. It's going to take longer for that front that's steering all that weather, capable of dropping two or three inches of rain in hours. The cooler air starts in the morning, tuesday morning throughout the day the weather improves in the mid-atlantic and the northeast. The thunderstorms are still rocking all night long. This is where you're likely to have flooding. The red zones where the warnings are. The flood watches are through the evening. New york city area two inches of rain per hour. Southern new jersey three inches there as well. You were telling me before we came on the west is not in the clear either. The fires have been the big story and this is where the watches and warnings are. Look into the northern california. You see the flood warnings there. Anyplace where you get an inch or two of rain that has had fires that scorched earth repels the water and causing flooding and takes a mud slide with it.

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