Watches Issued: Severe Thunderstorms With Damaging Winds, Flooding Rain Possible in the Northeast

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Published: August 22, 2019

Severe thunderstorms packing damaging winds and large hail and flooding rain will threaten parts of the Northeast, Midwest and Plains again Wednesday as a frontal system moves through those regions.

There are already clusters of thunderstorms ongoing Wednesday afternoon, across both the Northeast and the Midwest.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued the following severe weather watches:

  • A severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. This watch includes New York City and Boston.
  • A severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Colorado and Wyoming, including the Denver metro area.

Earlier storms moving through the Northeast prompted a flash flood warning this morning in Buffalo, New York, and dumped almost 1.5 inches of rain in less than a half hour in the Hudson Valley near Red Hook, New York.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Scattered severe storms are expected Wednesday in the Northeast as the frontal system slides eastward toward the region. Another area of severe storms is possible from the central High Plains to the mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys.

Damaging wind gusts, large hail and a brief tornado or two are all potential threats with these storms.

Heavy rain might also trigger flash flooding in some areas.


Wednesday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Tuesday Severe Weather Recap

There were over 250 reports of severe weather Tuesday, mainly in the form of damaging straight-line winds knocking down trees and limbs from the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys to the mid-Atlantic states.

At least three tornadoes struck Iowa early Tuesday morning.

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Another batch of severe thunderstorms developed across parts of Maryland and northern Virginia, including the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas. Heavy rains and severe hail pelted Washington late Tuesday afternoon, with hailstones up to an inch in diameter reported in the city.


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