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    Severe Weather Targets Detroit, Cleveland, Albany Wednesday

    By By Brian Thompson, Meteorologist
    May 23, 2013, 10:07:06 PM EDT

    The focus for severe storms will shift eastward into the Ohio Valley and will continue over upstate New York and part of New England on Wednesday, bringing the threat for damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall.

    The thunderstorms will be fueled by warm and humid air that will be in place across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. With a warm, southerly flow out ahead of a cold front, temperatures will surge into the 80s by the afternoon.

    Areas from Knoxville, Tenn., to Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, Charleston, W.Va., Detroit, Mich., Pittsburgh and Scranton, Pa., and Buffalo and Albany, N.Y., should be ready for strong-to-severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday.


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    With some of the storms producing urban flooding, torrential downpours and strong winds, it could be a difficult evening commute in some areas.

    This slow-moving cold front is part of the same system that brought the devastating tornadoes to Oklahoma on Monday.

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    At the same time, thunderstorms will also develop along a slow-moving warm front across upstate New York and part of New England.

    The main concerns with the Ohio Valley and Northeast thunderstorms will be damaging straight-line wind gusts, hail and drenching downpours. Frequent lightning will also accompany many of the storms.

    A couple of the strongest storms could produce a short-lived tornado. While a large number of or very strong tornadoes are not anticipated, even a brief tornado or powerful wind gusts in a populated area pose a risk to lives and property.

    The front will continue to slide eastward on Thursday, shifting the threat for severe weather into the Interstate 95 corridor from New York City to Washington, D.C.

    In the wake of the front, much cooler air will move into the Great Lakes and Northeast for the Memorial Day weekend. A storm is forecast to develop near New England and part of the mid-Atlantic, spoiling part of the holiday weekend.

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