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Baltimore sinkhole swallows cars as bystanders scream [Video]

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Dramatic video captures a Baltimore city block collapsing after fierce rains.

While much of the Northeast continued to dry out from devastating rains Friday, one Baltimore city block swallowed by a sinkhole will take longer to heal. 

Dramatic video captured the city block in Charles Village collapsing after fierce thunderstorms this week. Residents may have to be kept away from their homes for more than a month until officials can determine if the buildings are safe, officials said.

A sidewalk and retaining wall buckled and caved in Wednesday afternoon, swallowing a streetlight and more than half a dozen cars. No one was injured.

In addition to the Northeast, parts of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama shore were also hit hard by record rain.

The week of deadly weather began Sunday with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in Oklahoma and Iowa. The storms then moved through Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

In all, at least 65 tornadoes hit the United States as a result of the storm system, according to a preliminary estimate from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. At least 37 deaths in eight states were blamed on the storm.

At least 16 states, most in the South and the Midwest, were hit by the storm system in some way, officials said.

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