Submitted by ub on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 19:08

A bout of bad weather is heading toward the East Coast after two days of violent tornadoes and heavy rainfall pummeled the Midwest.

The National Weather Service predicted a chance of severe weather from northern Virginia all the way to the state of Maine.

Damaging winds and heavy downpours are expected to be the main threats, but small hail and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out, according to the weather service's website.

Parts of Maine that have already seen 2 inches of rain are expected to receive 2 to 3 inches more, triggering a series of flash flood warnings, the weather service said.

A slow-moving cold front passing through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys was expected to reach the East Coast by Monday night.

Farther south, a chance of severe weather was predicted for western Texas and southeastern New Mexico, the weather service said.