Damaging Storms Racing Across Upstate New York

May 29, 2011; 11:38 PM
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The damaging thunderstorms continuing into tonight could produce a scene similar to this one that was captured by AccuWeather.com Facebook fan Michael G. in Newark Valley, N.Y. (Photo submitted on Friday, May 27, 2011)

"In addition to the damaging winds and hail, flooding downpours and frequent lightning are serious concerns..."


A band of violent thunderstorms continues to leave a trail of damage as it races across upstate New York late this evening.

The powerful thunderstorms initiated across Iowa earlier this morning and have been unleashing damaging winds and hail since that time as they pushed through the lower Great Lakes region.

One person sustained injuries when the strong thunderstorm winds downed trees in Solon, Iowa, this morning. Thunderstorm winds howled up to 75 mph--Category 1 hurricane force--in Granville, Ill., while a few tornadoes were also reported in lower Michigan.

The thunderstorms rattled the Chicago area at around 1 p.m. CDT, and will continue to tear across upstate New York before likely dissipating overnight.

Cities still in the path of these powerful thunderstorms include Binghamton and Albany. There is a chance the storms could survive into parts of New England toward morning.

In addition to the damaging winds and hail, flooding downpours and frequent lightning are serious concerns from the thunderstorms. It is not out of the question that an additional isolated tornado or two touches down.

The powerful thunderstorms should weaken later tonight, but that is not entirely certain.

Meteorologist Bill Deger contributed to the content of this story.

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