Flash floods kill at least 4 people in Pennsylvania as storms sweep the Northeast

Destructive flash floods in Pennsylvania have resulted in the deaths of at least four people, as storms sweep across the North-eastern US.

Event overview: Heavy rainfall on Saturday evening caused flash flooding in Pennsylvania.
* This led to the deaths of four people in Upper Makefield Township, located along the Delaware River.
* Three people—an adult female, a 2-year-old girl, and a 9-month-old boy—are still missing.

The wider picture: Severe thunderstorms affected millions from Maryland to Maine.
* Parts of the region may have “saturated and sensitive soils” due to heavy rain over the past 10 days, increasing the likelihood of flash flooding from the weekend storms.
* More than 40 million people across the Northeast were at moderate risk of excessive rainfall on Sunday, affecting metro areas such as Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford and Boston.
* A tornado watch was in effect on Sunday in parts of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.

Impacts and responses: The severe weather caused disruptions in various sectors.
* Ground stops were in effect at several major Northeast airports including Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Boston Logan International.
* More than 1,300 flights in the U.S. were canceled and more than 5,600 were delayed.
* Rescue crews in Upper Makefield continue to scour “very difficult terrain,” and officials are warning residents to avoid debris-ridden roadways.
* Vermont, still recovering from damaging flash floods less than a week ago, is bracing for more heavy rainfall.

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