April 15 (Reuters) – Tornados, wind gusts of up to 70 mph and pounding hail remained threats early Monday from eastern New York and into New England, as the remnants of a deadly weekend storm push out to sea, the National Weather Service said.
“This is an ongoing threat,” said meteorologist Brian Hurley at the NNWS Weather Prediction Center in Maryland.
“It’s halfway through the eastern states now. By daybreak it’ll be cutting through New York City, eastern Virginia and into Boston by 7 or 8 (a.m.),” he said.
The weekend storm brought tornadoes that killed at least five people, including three children, in the U.S. South, officials said.
The massive storm system sped from Texas eastward with dozens of twisters reported as touching down across the South from Texas through Georgia into Pennsylvania.
More than 134,000 homes and businesses were without power early Monday in Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.US, with thousands more outages reported in North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland and New York.
The affected areas will get heavy rains, winds with gusts of up to 70 mph (110 kph) and the possibility of hail, the NWS reported.
“There are short spin-ups, pockets of heavy rain and damaging winds that can still hit before this pushes off shore,” Hurley said.
Nearly 2,300 U.S. flights were canceled by Sunday evening, more then 90 percent of them at airports in Chicago; Houston, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio and a dozen major airports on the Eastern Seaboard, according to FlightAware.com.
But no major flight delays were reported on the east coast.
Robert Scott looks through a family Bible that he pulled out of the rubble Sunday, April 14, 2019, from his Seely Drive home outside of Hamilton, Miss., after an apparent tornado touched down Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Kayla Easterling of Flora, Miss., looks at a tree-limbed covered automobile that belongs of a member of her church, Sunday, April 14, 2019. The vehicle was one of several properties damaged or destroyed by Saturday’s severe weather. The storm was one of several that hit the state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Roman Brown, left and Sam Crawford, right move part of a shower wall out of their way as they help a friend look for their medicine in their destroyed home Sunday, April 14, 2019, along Seely Drive outside of Hamilton, Miss. after an apparent tornado touched down Saturday, April, 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Leslie Harrington kneels down to help a former neighbor and family friend look for jewelry in her destroyed home along Seely Drive outside of Hamilton, Miss., after a deadly storm moved through the area on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Powerful winds from Saturday’s storm uprooted this old oak tree in Flora, as residents begin cleanup Sunday, April 14, 2019. The storm was one of several that hit the state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
David Poole of Flora, Miss., recalls seeing the falling debris from Saturday’s storm as he begins clean up Sunday, April 14, 2019. Poole, 63, said he spent much of the evening outside his home with a broom, sweeping away flash flood waters from the intense rain. The storm was one of several that hit the state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A pine tree lies across what remains of a trailer on Center Hill Road outside of Hamilton, Miss., after a deadly storm moved through the area Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
A man looks at a piece of wood that was blown through the windshield of his daughters truck in Hamilton, Miss., after a storm moved through the area Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
The storm’s cold front brought snow to Chicago on Sunday, with 1 to 3 inches (2.5-7.6 cm) reported in central Illinois.
Two children, siblings aged 3 and 8, were killed on Saturday when a tree fell on the car in which they were sitting in Pollok, Texas, said a spokeswoman for the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department.
A third child, Sebastian Omar Martinez, 13, drowned late on Saturday when he fell into a drainage ditch filled with flash floodwaters near Monroe, Louisiana, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In another storm death nearby, an unidentified victim’s body was trapped in a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana, Springfield said.
In Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant said one person was killed and 11 injured over the weekend as tornadoes ripped through 17 counties and left 26,000 homes and businesses without electricity.
In addition, three people were killed when a private jet crashed in Mississippi on Saturday, although Bryant said it was unclear whether it was caused by the weather.
Soaking rains could snarl the Monday morning commute on the East Coast before the storm moves off to sea.
“The biggest impact rush hour-wise probably will be Boston, around 7 to 8 o’clock in the morning, and around New York City around 5 or 6 o’clock, before sunrise,” NWS meteorologist Bob Oravec said.