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Destructive Storms Roll Across Mid-Atlantic, Carolinas
UPDATED 10:30 PM EDT, June 1, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
Dangerous thunderstorms with a history of producing damage are bolting toward the Atlantic Seaboard tonight. High winds are the biggest concern, though a few tornadoes will be possible; the repeated track of the storms is also triggering flash flooding.
Tornado Watches stretch from extreme northern North Carolina to north-central Pennsylvania, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and Williamsport and State College, Pa. Meanwhile, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch covers south-central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania, including Binghamton, N.Y.
Strengthening low pressure spinning across the eastern Great Lakes is responsible for the rash of severe storms draped from the Carolinas through the Mid-Atlantic tonight. The storms are feeding off a clash between warm, humid air along the East Coast from much drier, cooler air surging into the Ohio Valley in the wake of a cold front. Added for good measure is a potent upper-level pool of energy racing across the Mid-Atlantic, providing multiple waves of severe weather.
Destructive wind gusts greater than 70 mph and isolated tornadoes remain the highest threat within the strongest thunderstorms rolling across the Mid-Atlantic. The Interstate 95 corridors are most at risk for these violent thunderstorms, with additional fresh storms being triggered across the Delmarva Peninsula.
Aside from the storm systems severe weather aspect, the storms are unleashing torrential downpours repeatedly tracking across the busy Interstate 95 corridor in the Mid-Atlantic. In a week where rainfall has been plentiful, as much as 4 inches will accumulate in the high spots, with 1 to 3 inches common for many of the major urban centers. Cities impacted include Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, with flash flooding becoming a growing threat.
Flash Flood Watches remain in place from northern Virginia into northwestern New Jersey, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Trenton, N.J. Remember, if you come across a flooded roadway, it`s best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."
The silver lining to the rain is that it will help the short- and long -term droughts that have been building since 2011 along the East Coast.
There have been 130 severe weather reports thus far today, with a possible tornado producing massive tree and structural damage, ripping off roofs in Ligonier, Pa. An unconfirmed tornado also touched down near Chesterfield Height, N.C., while a possible tornado ripped up trees as it passed through Baltimore-Washington International Airport this evening. Golf ball sized hail covered the ground from a storm near Forks of Buffalo, Va., earlier this afternoon while a 60 mph gust whipped through Falls Church, Va.
The front prompting these storms will bring much cooler weather this weekend into early next week for the East Coast. Highs will return back to average with upper 70s giving air conditioners a break.
Be sure to check your WeatherBug for updates on the storm, and get the latest updates anytime on Twitter.
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