Watches Issued: Severe Thunderstorms, With Damaging Winds and Heavy Rain, Expected in Northeast Into Monday Evening

June 19, 2017

Severe thunderstorms will accompany a strong cold front pushing through the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states into Monday evening.

The storms will have a primary threat of damaging wind gusts that are capable of causing tree damage and power outages. An isolated tornado or two also cannot be ruled out.

In addition to the severe threat, heavy rain will cause flash flooding in some areas.

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NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued the following watch areas:

  • A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. EDT for parts of northeast Pennsylvania, eastern New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, western/central Massachusetts and southern Vermont. This watch area includes Hartford, Connecticut, New York City and Albany, New York.
  • A severe thunderstorm watch in in effect until 8 p.m. EDT for portions of southern/eastern Maryland, northern/central Virginia and a small part of northern North Carolina. This watch area includes Richmond, Virginia, and Salisbury, Maryland.
  • A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. EDT for much of Maine and New Hampshire. This watch area includes Concord, New Hampshire, and Portland, Maine.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Monday afternoon, lightning struck a home in Middletown, New York, though the extent of the damage was unclear.

Two other houses were reportedly struck by lightning in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

In Washington D.C., strong thunderstorm winds blew a tree down onto a car Monday afternoon.

Additionally, a large mudslide was reported across a highway in West Brattleboro, Vermont.

Severe storms will continue to rumble through the Northeast and mid-Atlantic into Monday evening. Here's what to expect.

Severe Weather Forecast

Through Monday Evening

  • The cold front will push toward the East Coast, resulting in the development of severe thunderstorms in parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
  • Damaging wind gusts are the primary concern, although an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. This may include swaths of concentrated wind damage in the Northeast that lead to tree damage and power outages. Heavy rain may cause flash flooding in some areas.
  • Cities: Washington D.C. | Philadelphia | New York | Hartford


Thunderstorm Forecast Through Monday Evening

Recap: Severe Weather in the East on Sunday

Severe weather Sunday was mostly focused from the interior Northeast to the Ohio Valley and mid-South. Damaging wind gusts were the main impacts in this corridor.

The National Weather Service confirmed a microburst near Draffenville, Kentucky, Sunday morning. Damage to garages, roofs, siding and cars was reported in the area. Maximum winds were estimated at 85 mph.

Flash flooding forced evacuation of an apartment complex in Trenton, Tennessee, Sunday afternoon. In downtown Memphis, Tennessee, a traffic light was damaged by strong thunderstorm winds.

Recap: Severe Weather in the Plains and South Friday

A pair of strong mesoscale convective systems (MCS) moved through the Plains and through Mississippi on Friday. 

During the late afternoon and evening hours, a strong line of storms moved from north to south across the entire length of Mississippi producing widespread wind damage reports. 

 A tornado was even reported near Moss Point, in southern Mississippi, with damage to several buildings. Much of central and southern Mississippi experienced strong thunderstorm winds Friday with numerous reports of trees and power lines downed.

Another MCS in the Plains blasted Omaha, Lincoln and Kansas City with wind gusts of 80-110 mph. 

 


On Friday evening, a gust of 110 mph was reported near Freemont, Nebraska and a gust of 104 mph was measured in Omaha. 

Numerous trees were snapped at their base across the Omaha metro area just a day ahead of the College World Series. 

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There were also a couple of reports of a tornado Friday evening, including near Hoskins, Nebraska where a farm reported damage.

Winds climbed to 87 mph near Lincoln, Nebraska, and hail as large as tennis balls was reported. Major tree damage was reported across Lancaster County, Nebraska. 

Several semis were tipped over on Interstate 80 in Lincoln just east of 27th street. 

A possible tornado damaged homes in Bellevue, Nebraska. Significant damage to multiple homes was reported in Hyda Hills or one mile southwest of Offutt Air Force Base. Strong straight-line winds were also present. 

Hail as large as tennis balls smashed Platte County, Nebraska Friday evening, especially near Genoa. Golf ball size hail and wind gusts over 70 mph were reported near Norfolk, Nebraska earlier in the day.

Golf ball size hail was reported near Rochester, Minnesota late Friday afternoon. 

In Wisconsin, golf ball size hail pounded Trempealeau County including the city of Arcadia in the 6 p.m. hour. Damage to cars and trailers was reported near Elk Creek. 

On Friday morning, heavy rain in the Charleston, West Virginia area caused some road and basement flooding. In about 3 hours, the airport in Charleston, West Virginia measured 2.22 inches of rainfall. 

Recap: Severe Weather in the South and Plains Thursday

Alabama

Injuries were reported in Alabama on Thursday as severe storms rumbled through the state. One person was injured near Flint City, Alabama, when trees were knocked down. Another person was injured when a tree fell onto a mobile home in Douglas, Alabama.

Wind damage reports were widespread across northern and central Alabama as a line of thunderstorms roared southeastward across the state. 

Storm reports through mid- evening on June 15 for the South.

Georgia

Trees were tossed onto houses in the cities of Pleasant Hill and Pine Ridge Point in Gwinnett County. Trees were also downed elsewhere in the Atlanta metro area, including onto power lines near Meadow and Bromley Estates. 

Numerous trees were downed by gusty winds near Dalton. 

Kansas

Four people were injured near Hutchinson, Kansas, Thursday evening when a large tree fell onto a car. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph were reported.

Wind gusts of 80 mph were reported in West Wichita and Harper between 7:30-8:00 p.m. as storms raced through.  

A wind gust of 77 mph was measured near Hays, Kansas, Thursday afternoon. Quarter-sized hail was also reported in this area, which was likely blown around by the strong wind gusts.

Several 18-wheelers were blown off Interstate 135 south of Salina, Kansas, by strong thunderstorm winds, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita, Kansas.

Barber and Stafford counties in south-central Kansas reported lime to tennis ball size hail.  

Missouri

One person was injured when a semi was blown off Interstate 35 in high winds near Ridgeway. 

Two people were injured in a mobile home when a tree fell the home temporarily trapping them. Minor to moderate injuries were reported. 

Iowa

Hail the size of baseballs fell in Shenandoah, Iowa and tennis ball size hail fell in Waterloo, Iowa.

Oklahoma

Several heat bursts were reported in Oklahoma on Thursday evening, including south of Woodward where winds gusted over 70 mph. A heat burst is a blast of hot, dry wind reaching the surface from a dying thunderstorm.  When this takes place at night the temperature rise can be impressive.

Texas

A wind gust of 81 mph was reported near O'Donnell, but no damage was reported. 

Additionally, hail as large as limes fell near Brice, Texas, Thursday afternoon.

For a complete recap of this week's severe weather reports, scroll to the bottom of this article.

A warm, humid air mass in combination with upper-level disturbances and a frontal system will contribute to more stormy weather the next few days. Here's a closer look at the forecast.

Recap: Severe Weather in the Upper Midwest and Southern Plains Wednesday

Strong to severe thunderstorms moved through Madison, Wisconsin, late Wednesday afternoon.

Strong storms also moved through Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Chicago with wind gusts as high as 65 mph.

Golf-ball-sized hail and at least an inch of rain fell in Dubuque, Iowa, Wednesday evening in an isolated severe thunderstorm that formed over the city.

A possible tornado touched down near Shiocton, Wisconsin. A 40- to 50-foot tall oak tree was uprooted, and trees were also downed onto power lines in the area.

In Odessa, Texas, large hail damaged vehicle windshields as severe storms fired up in the southern Plains Wednesday evening.

(NEWS: Tornadoes, Damage Reported as Severe Weather Impacts Plains, Midwest and Mid-South)

Recap: Severe Weather in the Plains and Upper Midwest Tuesday

Tuesday afternoon and evening, there were at least 12 reports of tornadoes in South Dakota and Minnesota.

One of the possible tornadoes caused damage to several buildings and trees near Zell, South Dakota.

Large hail from 1 to 2.75 inches in diameter was also reported in a broad swath from Minnesota to west Texas.

In addition, strong thunderstorm winds over 70 mph overturned two semi-tractor trailers on Interstate 70 just west of Russell, Kansas.

(NEWS: Tornadoes, Damages Reported as Severe Weather Continues to Batter Plains and Midwest)

Recap: Tornado Outbreak in the High Plains Monday

A tornado in Goshen County, Wyoming, caused damage to a house, blew away sheds and overturned tractors. One person was injured from this twister.

Considerable damage was reported near Carpenter, Wyoming, from another tornado. A major gas line was broken and power lines were downed across the area.

In Sioux County, Nebraska, a likely tornado caused damage to two homesteads, which left one person injured. About 65 train cars were blown over by a possible tornado near Alliance, Nebraska.

Hail as large as softballs – 4.50 inches in diameter – was reported to have smashed at least one car's windshield, back window and sunroof in Wheatland, Wyoming, Monday afternoon.

Car windows were smashed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Monday afternoon, from golf-ball to baseball-sized hail.

(NEWS: Tornadoes Reported as Severe Weather Moves Through Plains, Midwest)

Recap: Severe Weather in the Midwest Sunday

An initial weather disturbance brought severe weather from eastern South Dakota to central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan on Sunday. Wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph were clocked in some areas, which resulted in tree damage and power outages. More than 90,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power at one point on Sunday in Minnesota.

(NEWS: Powerful Storms Rock the Midwest)

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