|Severe Storm Threat Winds Down|
UPDATED 9:30 PM EDT, August 5, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
|The front that has a history of damaging winds and large hail from the Northern Plains to the Upper Midwest in the last few days swings through the Tennessee Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to round out this weekend. |
Fortunately, despite numerous previous thunderstorm warnings and two watches, the risk for storms is now starting to diminish as night wears on. A few storms could still produce islolated severe weather including high winds, moving into the overnight hours in the Northeast and Lower Misissippi Valley.
A bigger problem could be heavy rain causing rapid rises in creeks and streams, and leading to ponding of water on the roadways. Flash Flood Watches have been posted from northern West Virginia into eastern Kentucky and northern New Jersey into southern New Hampshire today. New York City, Albany, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., are included. Storm drains won`t be able to handle the large quantity of water, leading to urban flooding. Remember, if you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown!"
As the cold front marched across the Midwest on Saturday it brought a wide array of severe weather. A house was damaged by a reported tornado in Rolling Prairie, Ind., while a 73 mph wind gust tore through Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Not to be outdone, an 80 mph gust struck an amphitheater in Tinley Park, Ill.
The cold front will lag a bit behind schedule in the Mid-Atlantic Monday, with scattered showers and embedded thunderstorms continuing while the Interior Northeast gets welcome humidity and heat relief to kick off the new work week.
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