LOS ANGELES (AP) The National Weather Service issued a warning for the entire Southeast on Monday, saying a cold front moving west from the Carolinas is expected to hit the region early Tuesday.
The National Weather Services said the front is moving from the central United States into the Gulf Coast states early Tuesday, and is expected “to cause severe weather and possibly even catastrophic damage.”
It said a cold air mass will likely move into the South, and it’s possible the front could bring damaging winds to the region.
More than 70 million Americans live within 5 miles of the coast, according to the National Weather Center.
The storm is expected in the Southeast Tuesday and could be even worse for people who live in coastal areas, with wind gusts of 60 mph and heavy rain.
The forecast for the region says the cold front will make landfall in the Carolina at 4:30 p.m.
EST, then move into Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
It’s expected to dump heavy rain and potentially flash flooding in some areas.
The National Hurricane Center says a potential threat from the cold air has moved into the southeast and will remain there for several hours, but the center expects it to weaken into a tropical depression by late Tuesday afternoon.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday night that the storm has weakened to a tropical storm and will move northeast toward the Bahamas on Monday.