Torrential rain and severe storms unleashed over the Midwest and East Wednesday, carrying the threat of flash flooding, strong winds, hail and tornadoes.
The storms had the potential to impact more than 100 million people in major population centers such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Nashville, Tenn., Indianapolis and St. Louis.
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NOTE: As the storms have died down for now, the live blog has been discontinued. There will still be some lingering patches of very heavy rain and thunder, but the worst of the weather is over for the night. See below for reports.
9:35p.m. EDT Wednesday: Funnel cloud reported by numerous trained spotters over Jackson, Missouri.
9:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Continued risk for damaging winds from thunderstorms in the upper peninsula of Michigan, especially in the areas on Lake Superior.
8 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A wind gust of 64 mph was recorded by Mesonet on Granite Island in Lake Superior. South of the island in Marquette, Michigan, wind gusts reached 40 mph according to an NWS employee.
7:15 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A funnel cloud was reported by a trained spotter near Petersburg, Ind., in Pike County.
7 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Flood risk increased from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Boston and Charleston, S.C., as heavy rain moves through the areas. Severe Weather Center
6:15 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Hail up to 2.5 inches, or tennis ball size, fell in Charleston, S.C., reported by a trained spotter.
5:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Thunderstorms throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan brought gusty winds and heavy rain to the area. In just 30 minutes, 1.68 inches of rain fell near the city of Bessemer, Mich., reported by a trained spotter.
5:04 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A rotating funnel cloud was reported by a trained spotter about 70 miles east of St. Louis, Ill., in Odin.
3:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A wind gust of 71 mph was measured in Roanoke, Va., at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
3 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Strong to locally severe thunderstorms will arrive in Louisville around 3 p.m. CDT, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologists Alex Sosnowski and Justin Povick.
2:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday: AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dale Mohler said that the thunderstorm responsible for the potential tornado in Eagle Grove, Iowa, is breaking apart, but another system is forming 20 miles south of Mason City, Iowa. The system is showing characteristics of spawning potential tornadoes in Franklin County. Radar:
2:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Emergency mangers report roadway flooding in Oaktown, Ind., with strong winds and small hail.
1:50 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Emergency manager and trained spotter reported a possible tornado 3 miles west of Eagle Grove, Iowa.
1:23 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A trained spotter just north of Lake Geneva, Wis., reported 2.38 inches of rain in the past 12 hours.
1:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The biggest concern for the next couple of hours will be for parts of the Ohio Valley, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock. Wind gusts and heavy downpours will increase flood concerns for southern Indiana into northern Kentucky. Later this afternoon, the threat will be high for Bloomington, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., as atmosphere becomes more conducive to severe weather a afternoon temperatures rise. The storms currently overhead in eastern Illinois will push into Indiana, Ohio and into West Virginia and western Pennsylvania later on today.
12:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Heavy to severe rain falls over Chicago as the system continues pushing to the east:
12:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A trained spotter reported that 10th Avenue in Rockford, Ill., is inundated with flood water.
11:25 a.m. EDT, Wednesday: Thunderstorms are affecting Midwestern airports, with the Federal Aviation Administration reporting departure delays at O'Hare and Chicago Midway, some over an hour long. Delayed flights destined for the East Coast are causing residual delays at Philadelphia, Newark, JFK and LaGuardia. Flightstats reports more than 400 delayed arriving flights and more than 300 delayed departures out of O'Hare alone.
11:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Milton, Wis., has received 3.5 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
9:18 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Flash flooding reported by a trained spotter in Dane and Rock counties, Wis. Multiple roads closed due to flooding, some with as much as 1 foot of standing water.
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