Nearly 100 patients evacuated after Massachusetts hospital floods
Nearly 100 patients had to be evacuated from a flooded Massachusetts hospital on Sunday as huge storms wreaked havoc across the northeast.
Eight feet of water ripped through the basement of Norwood Hospital, tearing down doors and forcing terrified workers to sprint to safety as a refrigerator and a vending machine started floating.
Around 20 patients from the intensive care unit were evacuated after 7pm and were taken to another hospital. Later in the evening, when the department still had no power due to water damage, between 60 and 70 patients were transported away.
The emergency department was also closed off and is still shut this morning.
Luckily no-one was injured in the sudden flooding and water is still being pumped out of the basement by workers today.
Nearly 100 patients had to be evacuated from flooded Norwood Hospital (the flooded car park, pictured) in Massachusetts on Sunday as huge storms wreaked havoc across the northeast
Eight feet of water ripped through the basement of Norwood Hospital, tearing down doors and forcing terrified workers to sprint to safety as a refrigerator and a vending machine started floating. Pictured: Cars in the hospital’s car park were submerged in flood water
Wow! Cars flooded and stuck in mud at this parking lot at Norwood Hospital after severe thunderstorms hit this area. Roads have been flooded all across this town
Severe thunderstorms are set for the North East on Tuesday and Wednesday and outdoor plans will be disrupted
But a fresh warning came as a line of storms moved southeast through Kentucky and Tennessee, making its way into Virginia and the Carolinas.
The southeast has endured some gusty winds this weekend, with a reported tornado in Alabama making up some of 100 reports of severe weather.
Iowa and southern Minnesota were most at risk of seeing tornadoes.
As well as damaging winds across the southern Appalachians, the northern high plains and upper Midwest was at risk of severe storms too.
Ahead of a frontal system affecting the Upper Mississippi Valley and portions of the Lower Ohio Valley, storms were predicted to develop in New England on Sunday afternoon, with Boston, Hartford, New York City, Des Moines and Charlotte named some of the major cities where the weather system could strike.
Large hail and torrential downpours, combined with damaging wind gusts of up to 70mph were expected in Minnesota and Nebraska on Sunday
Heavy storms were set to cause travel disruptions on Sunday night as a line of storms moved southeast through Kentucky and Tennessee, making its way into Virginia and the Carolinas
Monday morning, more of the East Coast was set to see showers and thunderstorms
The stormy pattern was set to continue into the midweek which is also braced for damaging s travel disruptions
Severe thunderstorms are set for the North East going into Tuesday and Wednesday and outdoor plans will be disrupted, an Accuweather forecast shows.
Meanwhile a cold front is expected to bring winds to the west, posing a risk of fire growth and spread from Colorado to California.
Salt Lake City, Utah saw a fire break out overnight on Saturday. On Sunday fire danger was expected for the Central Great Basin and Southwest.
Meanwhile the biggest Saharan dust storm in 50 years was still ongoing and affecting Florida, Texas and other states already struggling with COVID-19 and respiratory problems.
The so-called 'Gorilla Dust Cloud' struck Mississippi's gulf coast Thursday after charting its path across the Caribbean this week where air quality plunged to 'hazardous' levels.
The 3,500-mile-long cloud traveled 5,000 miles from North Africa before reaching the region stretching from Florida west into Texas and north into North Carolina through Arkansas, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
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