Locally damaging thunderstorms were firing from the central Gulf Coast to northern New England and were part of the same system that terrorized the Plains earlier this week.
The storms were avoiding the I-95 corridor this evening, but were taking few prisoners over the Appalachians, westward to Ohio, southern Ontario and part of southern Quebec.
Large hail and damaging straight-line wind gusts will be the most common outcome from the strongest thunderstorms. However, a few tornadoes are possible, especially from the Virginias northward to northwestern New England.
There are reports of a possible tornado touchdown in Crawford County, Pa. with numerous trees down at 4:55 p.m. EDT.
A tractor trailer was reportedly blow over on I-81 near Chambersburg, Pa. at approximately 5 p.m. EDT.
Many areas in the Appalachians will be hit or threatened by the storms at some point this evening.
Later tonight through Friday the primary threat will that of flash, urban and small stream flooding.
At 4:30 p.m. EDT, thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines in Butler, Pa.
At 3:20 p.m. EDT, thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines in Meridian, N.Y. One home also sustained roof damage.
At 2:53 p.m. CDT, thunderstorm winds caused widespread power outages in Vancleave, Miss.
At 3:00 p.m. EDT, softball-sized hail fell on Morganton, Ga. and damaged vehicles.
At 2:45 p.m. EDT, baseball-sized hail fell near Ellijay, Ga.
Vickie Frantz contributed to this story.
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