Nasty Storms Target Boston, NYC, Norfolk

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
June 25, 2012; 8:38 PM
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As cooler air continues its drive to the North Atlantic, locally violent thunderstorms will continue to be a problem in the evening from Maine to Virginia.

A complex of thunderstorms rolled through New England and eastern New York with thousands of lightning strikes during the midday hours Monday. Nearly a dozen structures, including several homes and a church were hit by lightning. Fires broke out following the strikes.

Several people were injured by a lightning strike at a golf course in North Stonington, Conn., during the midday.

Locally damaging thunderstorms with strong winds and hail, as well as frequent lightning strikes will affect southeastern Virginia and the southern Delmarva into Monday evening.

In addition, a second wave of locally severe thunderstorms with cloud-to-ground lightning were pivoting through New England and part of the New York City metropolitan area Monday evening.

People are urged to seek shelter indoors, away from windows as storms approach. Trees and pavilions to not offer adequate protection from storms.

UPDATES

5:00 p.m. EDT: 61 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail were reported in the city of Newport News, Va. Branches are downed along Interstate-664.

3:45 p.m. EDT: Winds caused a structure to collapse in James City, Va., trapping a woman inside.

3:42 p.m. EDT: Numerous trees were downed or snapped in half from New Kent to Providence, Va., blocking Interstate-64 on the West side.

3:12 p.m. EDT: Rows of seats were ripped off and blown around in the Richmond Diamond in Richmond, Va. A wall in the stadium was leaning near collapse.

While the weather will remain unsettled in New England and part of New York state Tuesday, the risk of violent thunderstorms will have diminished as cooler air mixes down to the surface. Highs will be mainly in the 70s along the Atlantic Seaboard Tuesday.

Heat is forecast to return to the mid-Atlantic late in the week. However, there is also the potential for a return of locally severe thunderstorms as cool air offers resistance nearby.

This video of a lightning strike in New York was aired by WABC-TV this morning:

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