While a storm system moving up from the South will be past peak, the system may pack enough punch to bring locally severe thunderstorms and flash flooding part of the Ohio Valley and East Coast into Tuesday night.
**Flash flooding occurred in the Gaithersburg and Germantown, Md. area during the midday Tuesday. Flash flooding expanded to multiple areas north and west of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore during the afternoon. Thunderstorm winds damaged homes in the Anderson, S.C. area during the morning Tuesday.**
According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "As an upper-level disturbance associated with the storms system lifts northward the right conditions could develop to produce a few thunderstorms with high wind gusts, hail and even a short-lived tornado."
The violent storm risk area extends from eastern Kentucky to much of West Virginia and central and southern Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania during Tuesday.
Cities that could be impacted by the storms include Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; Lexington and London, Ky.; Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown, W.Va.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.
Key to the potential of the storms is how much daytime warming occurs.
"If these areas remain cloudy much of the day, there may not be enough energy and rising air to get severe thunderstorms going," Margusity said. "Provided the storms do develop, atmospheric conditions indicate a fair amount of wind shear, which can lead to damaging wind gusts and perhaps a couple of tornadoes."
Because of cloud-cover issues, an large outbreak of severe weather is not expected, but rather only isolated severe storms.
Some of the storms bringing the severe weather may not have a great deal of lightning strikes associated with them and may sneak up on some locations as a result.
Other thunderstorms will affect the Atlantic Seaboard during Tuesday and a couple of these storms could be heavy and gusty in the I-95 swath from Florida to New York and part of the I-81 corridor farther west.
By heavy and gusty we mean there is not only the potential for damaging wind gusts, but also incidents of flash and urban flooding.
"These areas will be the warmest within the storm system's reach, but the main wind energy will be directed northward toward the upper Ohio Valley, rather than toward the East Coast," Margusity added.
While the storm system is weakening, it will have enough energy and moisture to bring areas of rain into the Northeast into Wednesday.
Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Severe storms will rumble through parts of the Midwest, including Chicago, early Tuesday night.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Midwest and Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
With the recent heat fading away, more relief will greet the Northwest by midweek in the form of rain.
Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.
Columbus, OH (1979)
This is the first year in 101 years of record keeping at Columbus in which the temperature has not reached 90 degrees by July 23rd.
Hurricane Delores, west of Baja California, causes high surf along the Southern California coast.