Live: Damaging Winds, Blinding Downpours to Move SouthThe latest on the dangerous thunderstorms hitting the region Wednesday
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.
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