Damaging storms to target parts of eastern US through Friday evening
By By Andy Mussoline, Senior Meteorologist
July 11, 2016, 4:11:55 AM EDT
Clusters of thunderstorms will strengthen in parts of the eastern United States into Friday night.
“Thunderstorms can turn locally severe,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Heather Zehr said. “The most prevalent threats will be flooding downpours and damaging winds in the strongest thunderstorms.”
In addition to heavy rain and damaging winds, small hail can occur with the strongest thunderstorms.
Those traveling in the region via interstates 90, 86, 80, 70, 79 and 64 should be prepared for rapidly changing weather. Near-zero visibility will occur in the heaviest rainfall. Expect occasional airport delays as severe thunderstorms approach.
Downed trees and sporadic power outages may occur across the region as well during the storms. Heavy rain may temporarily flood small streams, streets and poor-drainage areas.
The storm system that produced localized severe storms across the central United States on Thursday will cross the Great Lakes on Friday to fuel the additional rounds of severe weather.
The majority of the severe thunderstorms will diminish after 8 p.m. Friday evening. However, there will be an ongoing threat for heavy thunderstorms Friday night farther east.
Spotty thunderstorms will cross in the Interstate 95 corridor from New York City to Washington, D.C., Friday evening and night.
“A few of the thunderstorms will still be strong with gusty winds and flooding downpours,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore said.
Another round of strong to locally severe thunderstorms will extend from northern New England to the coastal mid-Atlantic on Saturday afternoon and evening.
"The storms can hit some locations hard from Burlington, Vermont, to New York City and Dover, Delaware, on Saturday," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
In wake of the volatile weather, more tranquil and increasingly comfortable weather will settle in for the balance of the weekend.
“There will finally be some relief from the heat and thunderstorm potential later this weekend and early next week,” DeVore said.
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