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Live: Damaging Winds, Blinding Downpours to Move South

The latest on the dangerous thunderstorms hitting the region Wednesday
Related: Derecho
Mid-Atlantic Storms

Hail, cracked utility poles and roads closed by flooding or downed trees were reported in the early morning hours across Ohio, the Virginias and Pennsylvania on Thursday as Wednesday's severe storms pushed into the East. The severe conditions will clear up in the mid-Atlantic this afternoon and take aim farther south.

Major cities facing the largest impact Thursday afternoon include Baltimore, Raleigh and Washington, D.C.


8:15 p.m. EDT Thursday: A Stanly County, N.C. emergency manager reports that multiple injuries have occurred as trees are downed on homes and mobile homes across the county. Shelters have opened to accommodate displaced residents. Albemarle, emergency manager cites, was hit hardest in the county.

7:37 p.m. EDT Thursday: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is within 20 miles of Atlanta, moving south toward the metro area. Click here for radar.

7:21 p.m. EDT Thursday: Numerous trees and power lines reported down across Richmond County, N.C.

7:00 p.m. EDT Thursday: "The heaviest thunderstorms have moved off the mid-Atlantic coast with just some lingering rain from southern New Jersey through the Delmarva Peninsula," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said. "The biggest concern through the remainder of the evening hours will be locally damaging wind gusts for the eastern third of North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and parts of northern Georgia and northern Alabama."

6:38 p.m. EDT Thursday: Significant flight delays are being reported from Charlotte Douglas, Philadelphia, Reagan, Atlanta, JFK, La Guardia, Washington Dulles and Newark airports due to thunderstorms.

5:37 p.m. EDT Thursday: Multiple reports of trees and utility lines down on cars and houses across Concord, N.C. as a result of thunderstorm winds.

5:20 p.m. EDT Thursday: Baseball-sized hail reported by trained spotter in St. Marys County, Md.

5:01 p.m. EDT Thursday: Widespread storm damage reported by emergency manager in Colonial Heights, Va. Numerous trees and electrical lines are downed. Most of the city is without power.

4:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: Maryland Department of Highways reports that Security Boulevard is flooded and closed at the Baltimore Beltway in Woodlawn.

4:21 p.m. EDT Thursday: According to NWS Baltimore/Washington, DC, a tornado was confirmed near Columbia, Md. at 4:06 p.m. and was moving eastward at 50 mph.

4:15 p.m. EDT Thursday: Flash flooding reported by an emergency manager in Ilion and South Ilion in Herkimer County, N.Y. Multiple roads closed due to flooding including Route 51. Sandbags are in place to prevent additional flooding.

3:50 p.m. EDT Thursday: A funnel cloud was observed by a trained spotter 2 miles east of Countryside, Va., at 3:31 p.m. EDT.

2:40 p.m. EDT Thursday: With large storms just east of Johnson City, TN, winds are gusting to an estimated 65 miles per hour. Click here for radar.

2:34 p.m. EDT Thursday: A trained spotter reported a funnel cloud reaching halfway to the ground near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Va.

1:40 p.m. EDT Thursday: As the second round of storms ramp up, a wind gust of 75 miles per hour was recorded outside of Dorton, Ky., as reported by the monitoring stations at Mesonet.

12:55 p.m. EDT Thursday: Up to 2 inches of rain have fallen in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. Street and lowland flooding have been reported by a trained spotter.

12:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Krissy Pydynowski, the severe storms are moving away from the mid-Atlantic and will take aim further south. Flooding will remain a concern for New York and southern New England, but the damaging wind, blinding downpours and tornado threat will be more focused on Washington, D.C., North Carolina and Virginia this afternoon.

12:18 p.m. EDT Thursday: Multiple trees reported down from central Kentucky to along the West Virginia/Ohio border in the past hour.

11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday: Excessive flight delays are being reported out of Dulles, Reagan, JFK, Newark, Baltimore and Philadelphia airports due to thunderstorms.

11:04 a.m. EDT Thursday: At 9:50 a.m. this morning, lights were turned on in Gibbsboro, N.J., as dark green clouds made the sky look like dusk. Photo sent to us by Twitter user RobC_13:

10:44 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Washington, D.C., office of the NWS stated that two waterspouts were spotted just south/southeast of Annapolis.

10:30 a.m. EDT Thursday: An emergency manager reports that one person in Rising Sun, Md., has been injured by a lightning strike.

10:07 a.m. EDT Thursday: A 57-mile-per-hour wind gust was recorded by a trained spotter in Woodbury, N.J.

9:40 a.m. EDT Thursday: Emergency managers have sent multiple reports of trees downed across Frederick County, Md. In Carroll County, 4 miles west-southwest of Reese, hail as large as ping-pong balls have been reported by a trained spotter.

9:17 a.m. EDT Thursday: Webster County, W. Va., has received 1.54 inches of rain in under 2 hours.

8:40 a.m. EDT Thursday: The U.S. Open has suspended play in preparation of severe storms to arrive in Philadelphia. Related: Severe Storms, Rain Threaten US Open at Merion

8:20 a.m. EDT Thursday: A trained spotter in Frederick County, Md., reports quarter- to halfdollar-sized hail.

7:40 a.m. EDT Thursday: According to FlightStats, some airports are already reporting difficulties this morning. Flights are delayed coming out of LaGuardia, and the back up has already brought Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to a moderate level of delays. Newark is also high on the delayed list to start the day. Flight condition will only get worse as severe weather hits some of the country's biggest hubs, creating a ripple affect across other airports.

7:20 a.m. EDT Thursday: A 911 call center in Greensburg, Pa., reports that three houses sustained minor damage following a lightning strike. They also reported minor road flooding and multiple downed trees throughout the county. One tree fell on a home.

6:45 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reporting that accidents have lead to lane restrictions on Route 309 northbound and I-83 northbound at North Exit 28 - PA 295.

6:30 a.m. EDT Thursday: Current radar over Pennsylvania:

6 a.m. EDT Thursday: Flooding is already being reported Westmoreland County, Pa., as heavy rain comes down.

Severe Storms Threaten Philly, DC, Norfolk Thursday
Latest Severe Weather Watches and Warnings
Wednesday Severe Weather Recap

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These are the birth pains for the return of Jesus Christ@Matthew 24

June 13 2013 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Birth pains for the return of Jesus Christ @ Matthew

June 13 2013 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The sad thing JBailey960 is that China, Brazil and India are starting to wake up and doing things to protect their people from the effects of climate change and storms. The USA is the only superpower and also one of the only developed countries continuing to act like an ostrich!

June 13 2013 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The globe might be warming, it might not. Some "experts" say it is, some say it isn't. The "proof" is thin at best that it's man-made. There is even less and thinner proof that we can reverse or stop it, especially if only the US (and not China, Brazil, India etc), does something about it. And, let's be honest, giving THIS government even MORE power, control and carbon-footprint tax money isn't going to cool anything off.

June 13 2013 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J's Damsel

It's weather. Why is the media so persistent in their attempt to make this country hysterical? They have been on this sadistic mission for the past 5 years.

Ahh, perhaps that's what all those secret press meetings are about with Ob.

June 13 2013 at 9:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I just passed over Baltimore where I live. Lasted all of about 5 minutes. It was thunderstorm. Big whoop. All of you global warming alarmists need to stop drinking the koolaid.
Tornados in "tornado alley", shocking!. Hurricanes during "hurricane season", shocking! Severe thunderstorms in summer, never seen that before. It all must be global warming!!!

June 13 2013 at 9:30 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Remember the song lyrics "it don't rain in Indianapolis" in the summertime? The weather in the midwest changes constantly. I think the National Weather Service is bending over backwards with their dire warnings and they are frightening people to death! We suffered the Derecho last June 29 and it was like a hurricane, but it's the first time I've ever seen such a thing in Indiana. However I have sat beneath an Oklahoma overpass in a semi 40 years ago while a tornado blew over; I do note we never used to lose power and now it goes off every other week. Perhaps that's poor quality workmanship i.e. loss of pride in one's work. Some years we have floods, some years we have winds, some years we have drought (I commented last night "we're getting last year's rain along with this year's rain!") Weather is changeable Know how things work where you live and prepare for the weather. Accept personal responsibility for where you find yourself! Thank God for keeping you safe. Read the 91st Psalm and keep it handy! Faith in God works better than Faith in Government!

June 13 2013 at 8:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

My garbage cans blew over this morning ! Maybe I should contact Jim Cantore. We never knew so much about the weather as we do today. Today "we see it coming" ! 40 years ago we looked out the window and saw it was windy - we dressed accordingly and went on about our buisness. We heard it might snow so we did the same. Thunderstorms and high winds - we stayed inside. When over we picked up the stuff that blew down- we went on about our buisness. Why is the weather so ominous today ? Why are we supposed to be afraid of EVERYTHING ! The nation should be in a huge panic because of hail & thunderstorms ? WTF !!

June 13 2013 at 8:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jmnardihrt's comment

Spuds, I've been around this world now for over 65 years and I've NEVER seen it as bad as it is now. With Climate Change upon us, it's only going to get worse I'm afraid. We may not like it... we can even deny it but we WILL go through it.

June 13 2013 at 8:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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the aol experien

My friend, I have lived through 60 years myself, we are in a cyclical solar change where the Earth is now moving to it's furthest orbital path. In other words it's going to get cold again. I remember in the 60's where in central MN it was 40 below as a high for over 30 days. There were huge killer storms in tornado alley.

June 13 2013 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

I remember hearing about these rainstorms on the news the evening before. Since I'd noticed there were BIG gusts of wind (called "derechos"), this reminds me of a time, within just a year after I came to live with my aunt. WE had a blackout when these same conditions happened with us. We then drove a few hours over to an area near Indianapolis, IN, to visit with a friend Jean had had (and I think I was meeting FOR THE FIRST TIME). We stayed here for some time, and then went back to our house in Southern Illinois. Since this time, I think we've had some NEAR close ones. If I were able to, I'd like to express my sympathies to everyone who was affected by this windy t-storm.

June 13 2013 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

here is the story.......
By SKYE Editors Oct 12, 2012
Dhani Jones was in an airplane flying over New York City when he took this photo and tweeted, "#stormcoming #nyc #isolated I've never seen a storm so concentrated. The power of mother nature!"

June 13 2013 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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