Extreme Heatwave Grips Western US as Flash Flooding Claims Lives in the Northeast

 Extreme Heatwave Grips Western US as Flash Flooding Claims Lives in the Northeast

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An unprecedented heatwave has gripped the western United States, reaching its peak on Sunday with scorching temperatures soaring to a staggering 128 Fahrenheit (53 Celsius) in the California desert. Meanwhile, the Northeast continues to grapple with the relentless threat of flash flooding, tragically resulting in the loss of at least five lives.

Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population found themselves under extreme heat advisories, largely due to the persistence of a stubborn heat dome that has settled over western states.

While subjecting vast regions to blistering conditions, this heat dome has also played a role in generating heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Northeast. The National Weather Service warns that this weather pattern is expected to persist for days if not weeks.

In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, located just north of Philadelphia, torrential downpours and flash flooding claimed the lives of at least five individuals over the weekend. In a span of 45 minutes late Saturday, the area was drenched with nearly 7 inches (17 cm) of rainfall, causing devastating consequences.

Upper Makefield Township Fire Chief Tim Brewer revealed during a press conference that vehicles were swept away by the deluge, tragically leading to the loss of five lives. Amidst the heartbreaking incident, two children, aged 2 and 9 months, remain missing, intensifying the sense of urgency and concern.

As the extreme heatwave persists in the western U.S. and the Northeast continues to grapple with torrential rainfall, communities across the affected regions are urged to remain vigilant and prioritize safety. Authorities and weather agencies are closely monitoring the situation, providing essential updates and guidance to ensure the well-being of residents.

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