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Scattered Severe Storms, Flooding Rain Expected Along the East Coast Thursday Evening
Published: June 20, 2019
Severe thunderstorms and locally flooding rain will threaten parts of the East Coast Thursday evening, with damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes all possible.
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued the following severe weather watches:
-A tornado watch is valid until 10 p.m. MDT for portions of eastern Colorado, northwestern Kansas, western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming. This watch area includes Cheyenne, Wyoming, and North Platte, Nebraska.
- A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 10 p.m. EDT for parts of Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina. The watch area includes Charleston, South Carolina.
- A severe thunderstorm watch is valid until 10 p.m. EDT for portions of North Carolina and far southeastern Virginia. This watch area includes Raleigh, North Carolina.
- A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. CDT/10 p.m. EDT for parts of southern Georgia, southern Alabama and the northern Florida Panhandle. The watch area includes Montgomery, Alabama, and Albany, Georgia.
-A severe thunderstorm watch is valid until 11 p.m. MDT for portions of eastern Montana, southwestern North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota. This watch area includes Miles City, Montana.
Current Radar, Watches and Warnings
Flash flooding was reported Thursday in parts of New York, Ohio and Vermont.
A state of emergency was declared in the city of Oswego, New York, due to flooded roads, homes and basements. In Ticonderoga, New York, basements were flooded and several culverts were washed out.
A slow-moving frontal system will slide eastward across the Midwest and Ohio Valley to the East Coast Thursday night.
The threat for scattered severe storms will focus on the East Coast Thursday evening, with a potential for significant flight delays in the major airport hubs of the Northeast, including the three New York City area airports, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Damaging wind gusts are the main threat with these storms, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
The area of greatest concern for severe thunderstorms will be found from eastern Georgia into the Carolinas and southern Virginia.
A few isolated severe storms are also possible Thursday evening in parts of the Plains states and mid-Missouri Valley. Large hail is the greatest threat in these areas.
Thursday Evening's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast
Locally heavy rain is also likely through Thursday evening in parts of the Southeast and Northeast. Some locations could see flash flooding, especially where the ground is already saturated.
Flash flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service from portions of the Midwest and Ohio Valley eastward into parts of the Northeast.
Flash Flood Threat Forecast
Additional rounds of severe thunderstorms and flooding rain are expected Friday into this weekend in parts of the Plains and Midwest. For more on that story, click the link below.
Recap of the Storms
Trees and power lines were downed in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee early Thursday. An injury was reported early Thursday morning near Crossville, Alabama, where a car ran into a downed tree.
Early Thursday, heavy rainfall led to flooding in parts of eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. A driver was rescued after being stranded due to flooding in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and residents of an apartment building were rescued in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where 6 feet of water entered the building.
Philadelphia had received more than 4 inches of rain in just three hours overnight into early Thursday morning, which is more than the average rainfall of 3.43 inches for June.
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Straight-line winds damaged structures Wednesday evening in the town of Greenville, Texas, located some 50 miles northeast of Dallas. Churchgoers reportedly hunkered down during the storm in Highland Terrace Baptist Church, which is one of the buildings that suffered damage.
Hail up to softball-size damaged windows in Coleman, Texas, Wednesday night. Earlier Wednesday evening, tennis-ball-sized hail was reported by storm chasers north of Farmersville, Texas.
Hail was estimated to be 4 inches in diameter in southern Polk County, Arkansas, on Wednesday evening, but could be larger. The very large hail reportedly caused damage in Vandervoort and Cove, Arkansas. The largest hail on record in Arkansas is 5 inches in diameter.
Flash flooding was reported in the Columbus, Ohio, metro area Wednesday evening. There were reports of waist-deep water along Interstate 71 just north of downtown Columbus.
A fatality was reported near Winterville, Mississippi, Wednesday night, when a tree fell onto a home.
The Wichita, Kansas, metro area was pelted by hailstones as large as tennis balls on Tuesday afternoon as severe storms moved through the central and southern Plains.
Heavy rain then caused areas of flash flooding in the Wichita area by early Tuesday evening. Three to 4 feet of water was reported on the westbound lanes of Kellogg Drive at Woodlawn, east of downtown Wichita, prompting a shutdown. Interstate 235 at MacArthur, on the city's south side, was also flooded, prompting vehicles to turn around.
Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service found an EF1 tornado snapped and uprooted trees, broke utility poles and damaged roofs of homes near Raymond, Mississippi, just west of Jackson. It was only the fifth June tornado in the last 20 years in central Mississippi, according to NWS-Jackson.
Two-inch-diameter hail broke windows, skylights and window panes in Fort Davis, Texas, Monday afternoon, the NWS reported.
Flash flooding was reported south of Cleveland on Monday morning, particularly along the Interstate 76 corridor from Wadsworth to Norton, Barberton and western Akron, Ohio, according to the NWS.
Cars were stalled and stranded in floodwaters near Barberton, Ohio, and water was entering homes on the west side of Akron, Ohio. The NWS reported evacuations and rescues along a flooded creek in Rittman, Ohio.
Road washouts were reported near Falmouth and Lewisburg, Kentucky, and Bloomingville, Ohio.
NWS damage survey teams found evidence of three tornadoes in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex late Sunday afternoon.
One short-lived EF1 tornado sheared trees and damaged roofs in Arlington, Texas. An EF0 tornado tracked through a pair of subdivisions in North Fort Worth, and another EF0 tornado spun up along a thunderstorm's gust front (known as a gustnado) over Eagle Mountain Lake on the northwest side of the Fort Worth metro area.
Winds as high as 66 mph were recorded in Fort Worth, and quarter-sized hail was reported throughout Tarrant County, Texas. A commercial building in Irving, Texas, was damaged by the strong winds. The Fort Worth Aviation Museum was also whacked by strong winds, turning over at least one helicopter and damaging several other aircraft.
Flash flooding hit parts of the Cincinnati metro area early Sunday morning. A portion of Interstate 75 had to be closed near Interstate 74 because of high water. A water rescue was also reported several miles west of downtown Cincinnati.
Just over a dozen tornadoes were confirmed Father's Day weekend in parts of Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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