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    Storms to Bring Damaging Wind Risk Pa., W.Va. to NY

    By By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
    July 09, 2014, 6:54:14 AM EDT

    There is an elevated risk of thunderstorms with damaging winds Tuesday afternoon and evening from parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York state and neighboring Canada.

    Severe thunderstorms will erupt over parts of the Northeast and the Ohio and Lower Mississippi valleys, impacting over a dozen states.

    Tuesday's storms are expected to become more violent than those that developed on Monday as a powerful cold front blasts through the region.

    Thunderstorms that develop ahead of this front during the afternoon will bring the potential for high winds, large hail and a few tornadoes.


    According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity," This is a type of situation where fast-moving storms with powerful winds can catch people off guard."

    The storms will bring the potential for significant property damage, power outages and bring danger to those remaining outdoors as the storms approach.

    Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, New York; Erie, Pittsburgh and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia, are some of the major cities that could be hit hard by severe weather into Tuesday evening.

    Strong to locally severe storms will also extend northeastward to Burlington, Vermont and to Louisville, Kentucky, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

    Moisture getting drawn in from the south will help to fuel blinding downpours which can result in localized flooding.

    Downpours of this nature can make it difficult for drivers as the heavy rain could cause water to pond on roadways and lead to a heightened risk of hydroplaning.

    If you come across a flooded roadway, you should avoid driving through it. The water may turn out to be deeper than you think and the current can be strong enough to move your vehicle.

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    Thunderstorms are forecast to reach the I-95 corridor on Tuesday night, but after dark the storms will begin to weaken.

    A few of the storms that survive will kick up strong gusty winds and brief downpours as they roll into the metro areas of Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Boston.

    Looking ahead to Wednesday, showers and thunderstorms are forecast to dot the Northeast and Ohio Valley, but will not be nearly as powerful as those on Tuesday.

    People from Boston to Washington, D.C. may want to keep the umbrella handy throughout the day as a quick shower or thunderstorm can dampen outdoor activities.

    Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story.

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