Storms ripped through parts of Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey today, causing power outages, traffic snarls and possibly a tornado over northern Delaware.
According to KYW radio in Philadelphia, the worst of the damage was reported between Newark and Claymont in the northernmost part of Delaware. Trees and power lines were downed, and minor flooding was reported. Damage was also reported to cars and some of homes in the area.
The storms knocked out power to an estimated 19,000 people in New Castle County, according to Delmarva Power.
Rob Miller of Amtrak relayed the photo seen above to AccuWeather.com taken by an Amtrak employee that shows an apparent wall cloud and possible funnel at its base.
At the time, radar showed a strong rotation signature in that area, indicative of a possible tornado. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northeastern New Castle County at 12:32 p.m. Also covered by that warning was northwestern Gloucester County, N.J., and southwestern Delaware County, Pa. Several funnel cloud sightings were reported and several photographs of a funnel cloud have been sent into AccuWeather.com and other media outlets such as WPVI-TV, but no tornado touchdowns have yet been confirmed.
Without video evidence, trained spotter reports or a meteorologist sighting of a tornado in this area, tornado confirmation would have to come from a storm survey team dispatched by the National Weather Service. Such a survey would likely occur on Wednesday.
According to the AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center, additional storms were occurring over parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland that have the potential to affect the areas already hit through Tuesday evening. Threats will include damaging wind, hail and another isolated tornado or two.
Conditions will deteriorate across Hawaii this weekend as Darby delivers locally heavy rain and rough surf. But the tropical storm will provide long-term benefits.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Stifling heat has been baking the central United States but will finally ease across northern areas this weekend.
Lightning killed a teenager on Friday, the second teen lightning death in three days. With thunderstorms continuing to rattle several parts of the nation, more lives will be at risk.
The more than 100,000 people expected to attend the annual Glorious Goodwood festival next week will want to keep a brolly handy.
Heat Wave: Location New Record(F): Old Record(F)/Year: Washington, D.C. 101 100/1987 Philadelphia, PA 99T 99/1978 Atlantic City, NJ 100 96/1987 Harrisburg, PA 103 98/1987 Baltimore, MD 103 98/1987 (Custom House)
New Zealand (1995)
Extreme cold - a bay in Littleton Harbor froze for the first time in "living memory".
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.