Flooding rain expected for the East Coast as record heat moves into Texas

By MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — A major storm system is producing flooding from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas Thursday morning, with some areas receiving more than 4 inches of rain in just hours.

In one tragic incident, five children were swept away east of Lexington, Kentucky, Wednesday afternoon as they tried to cross a low water bridge. The bodies of four children have been recovered and one is still missing.

That same storm system also produced a tornado north of Tallahassee, Florida, where homes were damaged and trees uprooted.

Now, the storm system stretches from Florida all the way to the Great Lakes Thursday, with heavy rain moving east towards the I-95 corridor.

Flood watches are extended from North Carolina to New York state Thursday.

As this storm system moves through the East Coast over the next 24 to 48 hours, some areas could see more than 3 inches of rain. This could cause a threat for flash flooding.

In the Southwest, more records were tied or broken amid the heat wave.

Tucson, Arizona, tied a record at 102 degrees, Las Vegas tied a record at 99 degrees and was only 1 degree off from the hottest temperature recorded in April in the city.

Phoenix hit 104 degrees Wednesday, making it the hottest temperature so far this year and just 1 degree shy of the hottest April temperature ever recorded in the city.

Excessive heat warnings continue for California, Nevada and Arizona Thursday, with more triple-digit temperatures possible.

Over the next several days, the core of the hottest air will move east into Texas, where some areas could see record highs and the first 100 degree temperatures of the year, including in Dallas and San Antonio.

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