Severe thunderstorms brought tornadoes, torrential rainfall, and strong winds to areas from Tennessee to New York state Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning.
The strongest storms left thousands without power in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Philadelphia was hit hard with power outages. According to PECO, around 100,000 people remain without power in the Philadelphia area as of Wednesday morning.
Many roadways were forced to close after trees fell over them, blocking lanes of traffic and creating travel headaches for many.
Four fatalities occurred from these storms. According to Reuters, three people were killed in New York state due to collapsed homes. The other fatality came in Maryland when a young boy was crushed by a fallen tree.
A few tornadoes touched down near Cleveland and Youngstown Ohio. No injuries were reported with these twisters and only minor damage was observed.
Wind reports far outweighed all other severe weather reports Tuesday, with a total of 18 states being affected by strong, damaging winds.
1:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Storms have weakened across the country and are no longer severe. The live blog will now be ending.
12:04 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Thunderstorms continue to stretch across New England but are weakening. According to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist John Lavin, "storms will continue to linger across the area over the next few hours but the severe weather is basically over with across the region".
11:35 p.m. EDT Tuesday: A line of gusty storms continues to plow through New England, although the storms are showing signs of weakening.
11:24 p.m. EDT Tuesday: A large tree fell on a house on Cole Avenue in Williamstown, Massachusetts, reports trained spotter.
10:26 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Several trees down in the Burlington, Vermont area, reports NWS employee.
9:43 p.m. EDT:
9:14 p.m. EDT:
8:51 p.m.EDT Tuesday: More than 72,000 First Energy Company customers without power across Pennsylvania, according to the utility.
8:08 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Due to wind, downed trees reported near Lexington, VA, along U.S. route 60, west of the area, reports 911 call center.
7:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Photo of storm damage at Drive-in, Minetto, Oswego County, NY, from Frank Clavelli pic.twitter.com/As5zq3IN3H— NewsChannel 9 (@NewsChannel9) July 8, 2014
7:34 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Wind damage in Mercer, Pennsylvania:
(Photo/ Facebook User: Matthew Ellis)
7:34 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Wind damage in Quincy, Pennsylvania:
(Photo/ Facebook User: Damien Reisch
7:17 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Wind damage in Onondaga County, New York:
(Photo/Twitter User: Sara Fox @farasox11)
6:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Watch 'AccuWeather Live' for the latest on the severe weather.
6:42 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Over 86,000 without power in WV. Report power outages to your local utility.— WV DHSEM (@WVDHSEM) July 8, 2014
6:31 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
5:32 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Wind gusts up to 63 mph reported near New Creek, West Virginia.
5:26 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Trees down in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Reader submission: Tree down in the Plumville/Marion Center area pic.twitter.com/qZMIZ7Y4kb— The Indiana Gazette (@IndianaGazette) July 8, 2014
5:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday: More than 3,300 U.S. flight delays and another 375 canceled FlightStats reports.
4:20 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Storm damage in Canfield, Ohio. (Photo/@JRULE21)
4:01 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Trees downed on power lines in Valley City, Ohio. (Photo/Jasprill19)
3:32 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
329pm- getting reports of roofs torn off houses in Jackson Center / Mercer County. Numerous trees down as well. #pawx— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) July 8, 2014
3:21 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Trees and power lines down in Millerstown, Pennsylvania, reports 911 call center.
3:04 p.m. EDT Tuesday
259pm- possible tornado was near Mercer and moving northeast at 50 mph. Take cover inside and away from windows if you live in Mercer.— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) July 8, 2014
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra is weakening and no longer a major hurricane but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.