John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said early Tuesday that there were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night. Seven people were injured and transported to local hospitals. (AP Photo/John Raoux
Showers and thunderstorms could hamper the cleanup effort at the Blue Rhino Propane plant that exploded around 10:30 p.m. on Monday night.
The plant caught fire, resulting in several blasts, while a night crew was working in the building. All workers could not be immediately accounted for late Monday night.
From 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., around the time the explosion was reported, conditions were dry with light winds and no apparent lightning strikes. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
As firefighters finish their jobs and cleanup gets underway, thunderstorms could push through the area of Tavares, Fla., near Orlando, this afternoon and evening.
The activity will be spotty, but could unleash a quick downpour.
"Any thunderstorm could kick up the winds for a brief time in erratic directions," according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Kristina Baker.
Wednesday brings a similar scenario with the potential for more downpours and activity than Tuesday.
Evacuations have been forced as far as half of a mile from the site and three people remain in critical condition, according to NBC news.
The coldest air of the winter is gripping much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend.
The dangerous cold gripping the eastern United States will set the stage for disruptive snow and ice to unfold from Tennessee and Georgia to Maine Presidents Day into Tuesday.
A multi-vehicle accident involving more than 50 vehicles occurred amid snow showers and brutal cold and led to the shutdown of Interstate 78 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, Saturday morning.
Voters heading out to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 20, can expect mild weather and dry conditions for the next step in the 2016 Presidential Election.
The dangerous cold gripping the eastern U.S. will continue to allow snow showers and squalls to stream downwind of the Great Lakes this weekend and posing more hazards for motorists.
Heavy rain will raise the risk of flooding across more than a dozen states in the Southeast on Presidents Day to the East Coast on Tuesday.
Warsaw, MO (1905)
-40 deg.; record low for state.
North Dakota (1936)
On this date the mercury plummeted to -60 deg. at Parshall, ND - the coldest temperature ever for the State of ND. Later the same year, the mercury soared to 121 degrees at Steele, ND - the hottest temperature ever for the state of ND.
Eastern US (1981)
All time high pressure reading were set: Asheville, NC 30.84 inches; Wilmington, DE 30.99 inches; Baltimore, MD 30.97 inches; Scranton, PA 30.96 inches; Louisville, KY 30.99 inches; Washington, D.C. 31.02 inches; Hartford, CT 31.03 inches; Allentown, PA 31.03 inches; Philadelphia, PA 3 inches.