3 Severe Weather Events Predicted to Batter the U.S. This Week

The week kicked off with a 'bomb cyclone' in California, and a nor'easter could hit the East Coast over the next 48 hours.

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By Amanda Breen

Three major weather hazards are expected to pummel the U.S. this week, and no region will be left entirely unscathed, CNN reports.

In the West, a "bomb cyclone" — or a fast-strengthening storm that increases 24 millibars (a unit of pressure) in 24 hours — has resulted in heavy rain across the region and new evacuation orders for vulnerable, burn-scarred locations like California's Santa Barbara County, where the accumumulation of debris flows poses a significant threat.

Additionally, the Sierra Nevada mountain range is predicted to see several feet of snow through early this week, compounded by 50-mile-per-hour-plus winds. Chain controls and roadway closures will likely lead to major travel delays.

The National Weather Service has also instated flash-flood watches in central and northern California, where some areas could see up to 10 inches of rain.

Related: 'This is No Joke, Folks': Reporter Blown Away on Camera in New Orleans During Hurricane Ida

On Sunday, tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds were reported across Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and the Storm Prediction Center shows a particular area from St. Louis to Springfield, Missouri as being at increased risk for tornadoes.

And by Tuesday and Wednesday, a nor'easter (named for its characteristically strong northeasterly winds) will likely hit the East Coast. Southern New England could see coastal flooding and heavy rain. It's too soon to know specific forecast details, but urban and street flooding are possibilities, and some computer models predict more than six inches of rain for the area.

In the U.S., fall is widely considered a secondary peak season for extreme weather events, as the significant temperature shifts that come with the change of seasons can accelerate their development.

Related: Hurricane Ida Turned Into a Monster Thanks to a Giant Warm Patch in the Gulf of Mexico

Amanda Breen

Entrepreneur Staff

Features Writer

Amanda Breen is a features writer at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate of Barnard College and recently completed the MFA in writing at Columbia University, where she was a news fellow for the School of the Arts during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

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