By Max Golembo
Vermont authorities confirmed Thursday that one person has been killed in the recent floods.
According to the Vermont Department of Health, Stephen Davoll, 63 years old drowned Wednesday in his home that was flooded. The first death confirmed in connection with this week’s flooding and storms is Stephen Davoll, 63.
On Friday, President Joe Biden signed a declaration of disaster for the State, which released federal funds to Chittenden County, Lamoille County, Rutland County, Washington county, Windham county, and Windsor county.
The federal government also offers funding for Addison County, Bennington county, Caledonia county, Chittenden county, Essex counties, Franklin, Grand Isle lamoille Orange Orleans Rutland Washington Windham and Windsor counties.
The United States continues to be hit by extreme weather, including severe storms and high temperatures.
Multiple twisters hit northern Illinois on Wednesday night, damaging trees and roofs. They also disrupted hundreds of flights in Chicago. The National Weather Service reported that 11 tornadoes, some of which were near Chicago’s international airport, touched down within the Chicago region.
FlightAware reported that over 170 flights at O’Hare International Airport were cancelled and more than 500 delayed.
Straight-line winds of 70 miles an hour or more were measured from Texas to Michigan. Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas reported hail up to the size of golf balls.
A storm system passed through the Midwest during Wednesday’s hazardous weather. The severe weather threat returned to the Northeast on Thursday. It spanned from Kentucky to Vermont.
Along the projected storm system path, tornadoes, hail, wind damage, and damaging winds are possible in addition to Cincinnati (Ohio), Charleston (West Virginia), Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Binghamton (New York), Albany, New York and Burlington Vermont.
Montpelier was under flood warning when historic rains and flooding struck the capital of Vermont earlier this week.
Forecasts predict that flooding and heavy rains will continue in the Northeast including Interstate 95 into the weekend. In northern New England including Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine an extra 3 to 5 inches of rain is expected.
Heat alerts were issued Thursday in 15 states, from Washington to Florida. The heat index in the mid-South and Florida is predicted to be above 115 Fahrenheit. Houston, Miami, and the Gulf Coast are all expected to experience record high temperatures.
On Wednesday, Phoenix recorded temperatures of 110° Fahrenheit on 13 consecutive days. This broke the previous record (18-day run) set in 1974.
The heat is expected to continue and intensify for at least another two weeks, peaking over the weekend in the Southwest. Burbank, California will be on excessive heat alert from Friday to Monday when temperatures may reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that emergency room visits for heat related illnesses have doubled over the last month.
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