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Stormy Weather From East To West

Heavy weekend thunderstorms caused problems from New England to Texas.

Central Connecticut is recovering Monday from powerful lightning storms that left tens of thousands without power. Near Hartford, lightning strikes and violent winds downed trees and caused property damage. Wind gusts across sections of New England topped 60 mph.

About 20,000 northern New Jersey residents remained without power Monday after a Sunday night thunderstorm damaged wires and poles.

Heavy rain, lightning and some flash flooding mostly affected Warren, Sussex and Hunterdon counties, said Art Kraus, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

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Flooding is a problem in many parts of Texas after weekend thunderstorms triggered flash flooding and mudslides. As much as eight inches of rain fell in some regions. Motorists had to travel slowly, especially in the eastern two-thirds of the state, where at least one bridge flooded, as well as a gas station.

Hail the size of golf balls and 78 mph winds battered Lubbock. In Red Oak, south of Dallas, roads were flooded out for a second weekend.

Tropical moisture in the area is expected to bring more storms this week.

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