Powerful Christmas Eve storm heads to East Coast

Washington, D.C., New York and Boston are bracing for high winds and torrential downpours on Christmas Eve. The South may see tornadoes.
3:16 | 12/25/20

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we begin with the millions of Americans in the path of a monster storm. The storm growing stronger as it barrels out of the midwest, targeting the I-95 corridor with damaging winds and flooding rain that could knock down power lines, leaving many in the dark on Christmas M. Blizzard conditions outside Minneapolis causing this multivehicle pileup, shutting down interstate 94 for a time. Blinding snow in Nebraska G these semis T pull off the road. Police and highway patrol urging people in the storm's path to stay home. But some 85 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday week, down 25% from last year, but S a record in this pandemic. And that has health officials very worried. This holiday season is unlike any we've seen before and people are adapting how celebrate. But as ABC's Trevor Ault reports, for millions of Americans, it will be a very good night to stay inside. Reporter: Tonight, an all-out blizzard in the heartland now has the east coast in its crosshairs, packing all sorts of extreme weather hazards. Some of these wind gusts could actually exceed 65 or 70 miles per hour down here at the Reporter: D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston all bracing for high winds and torrential downpours. And in the south, at least one reported tornado. The storm already packing an enormous punch in the northern plains. Complete whiteout conditions across the dakotas. Drivers stranded in Nebraska. And this multivehicle pileup on I-94 in Minnesota. The treacherous weather adding a layer of danger for travelers who are already potentially risking their health during the pandemic. We know how difficult it is in a wonderful season like Christmas to tone down these kinds of things, but we really need to hang in there. Reporter: Inspite of those warninm top officials to stay home and limit gatherings, tens of millions of people will be on the road and in the air this holiday season, the most we've seen in months. And Trevor Ault is live from New York's west side. And Trevor, there are major concerns tonight about those winds. Reporter: There are, whit, here in New York City, we're bracing for wind gusts above 70 miles an hour. Across the northeast, a lot of families could wake up to Christmas morning power outages, not to mention enough rain and melting snow to flood some roads and basements. Whit? Nobody wants those power outages Christmas morning. Trevor, thank you. Lee Goldberg of our New York station WABC is here and Lee, where is the severe weather right now? Whit, active tornado warnings right now just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, if you're in the path of this storm, get to a place of safety. That warning lasts through about 7:00. Tornado watches through the Carolinas. Anything but a silent night. Really a severe side to this winter storm. Now it's going to climb up the east coast. We're going to see big-time rains, one to two inches of more over the heavyw pack. But the big winds the concern. Widespread power outages, a big problem. And then temperatures are going to tumble during the day tomorrow, meaning icy travel later tomorro Christmas night. Be super careful. Things will quiet down over the weekend. Whit? Lee, thank you. This holiday week, America is battling a staggering covid

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