|Storms, Possible Tornadoes Rumble Across Mid-Atlantic|
UPDATED 8 PM EDT, October 13, 2011
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
|Destructive storms continue to rattle the Mid-Atlantic tonight. The most intense storms will continue to pack a punch with damaging wind gusts and a few brief tornadoes along the busy Interstate 95 corridor.|
A Tornado Watch continues for northern and eastern Virginia and much of the central and southern-half of Maryland until 11 p.m. EDT. Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., are included in the watch box.
A warm front dividing warm, humid air to its south, and cooler, drier air to its north has fueled a fresh batch of powerful thunderstorms migrating across the Mid-Atlantic. Adding to the intense activity is a potent upper-level disturbance, meaning the populated Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore and points westward will be in line for another punch later tonight.
The thunderstorms will not only bring heavy rainfall accumulating 1 to 2 inches in a short duration, but the most vigorous storms will deliver destructive wind gusts and a brief tornado for the next few hours.
Already, the thunderstorms have a history of producing property damage across northern and eastern Virginia. A possible tornado rolled Nance, Va., causing roof damage to a home, while a suspected twister tore a roof off a historic building in Louisa, Va. Potential tornado damage was also reported at Watkins Elementary School near Browns Corner, Va.
Although potent thunderstorms will continue to batter northern Virginia and central Maryland for the next several hours, cooling temperatures will be the ultimate demise of the storms as the fuel source is removed.
A cold front will sweep across the area on Friday before pushing off the Atlantic Coast and out to sea. Although a few storms will build ahead of it, the severe threat will be quite isolated.
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