Severe weather expected to affect 64 million Americans today

PHOTO: A neighbor and grand children of absent homeowners are seen in front of a weather-damaged home in the Hyda Hills neighborhood in Bellevue, Neb., June 17, 2017. PlayNati Harnik/AP Photo
WATCH Severe storms move across eastern U.S.

Nearly 64 million Americans could be affected by severe weather Monday as widespread storms head for major Northeast cities and record-breaking heat continues in the West.

Damaging winds, large hail, brief tornadoes and flash flooding are possible on the East Coast, and storms are expected to intensify as they move from the western Appalachian Mountains toward the East Coast.

PHOTO: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for portions of the Northeast for Monday night. ABC News
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for portions of the Northeast for Monday night.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued through 8 p.m. for portions of the Northeast. Severe thunderstorm watches are in effect for 11 East Coast states stretching from North Carolina to Maine.

PHOTO: Nearly 60 million Americans could be affected by severe weather on Monday. ABC News
Nearly 60 million Americans could be affected by severe weather on Monday.

New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Hartford, Connecticut, and Albany, New York, could experience the worst of the storms, which are expected to arrive this afternoon.

Heavy rain and winds will arrive in Washington and New York City after 4 p.m. and could last until 8 p.m.

The Northeast could also see flash flooding.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 8 p.m. for portions of the Northeast.

PHOTO: Nearly 60 million Americans could be affected by severe weather on Monday. ABC News
Nearly 60 million Americans could be affected by severe weather on Monday.

Meanwhile, potentially record-breaking heat is expected in the West for the next several days. Areas near Phoenix could hit 120 degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon. Temperatures in Las Vegas could reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday.

About 36 million Americans are under heat advisories and warnings across the Southwest.