A sprawling storm stretching 1,200 miles from Minnesota to the Carolinas was set to bring damaging winds and soaking rains to more than a dozen states on Wednesday.
The vicious cocktail of two systems — one that brought flooding to the South last week and another that came down from Canada — joined forces Tuesday and were set to increase in power in size Wednesday.
Winds of up to 60 mph were expected in areas of the Midwest, Plains and Northeast.
"There will be some gusty winds and these could certainly be enough to topple trees and cause power outages," Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth said. "This system is a big, sprawling storm system that's going to be very wet and windy."