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Following a few days of stifling heat, high humidity and sunshine, a period of stormy weather is again in store for the Ohio Valley and Northeast through the middle of the week.
Widespread severe weather is not expected, but storms could pack a punch from the central Appalachians to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts into the evening hours.
Any storm in this swath has the potential to become severe at the local level for a brief time. Isolated incidents of damaging winds can occur while the greatest hazard will be from drenching downpours at the neighborhood level.
While not everyone will experience a gusty thunderstorm, he said, any storms that do form will be heavy rain producers. Some communities could be hit with multiple storms.
“With the heavy rain that the area has seen over the past two weeks, any flooding could happen quicker than you might expect,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido.
As is the case with any thunderstorm, lightning can strike without notice. Move indoors or get into a hard-top vehicle at the first rumble of thunder or distant flash of lighting. If you can hear thunder, or see a flash of lightning off in the distance, you are at risk for being struck.
Three people were struck by lightning in Queens, New York on Tuesday.
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Gusty storms that would normally be relatively harmless could easily uproot and topple trees in the saturated soil.
On Thursday, rain-free weather is slated to return to the mid-Atlantic, along with slightly lower humidity levels. New Englanders, however, could experience another wet day. With parts of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine experiencing moderate drought conditions, non-flooding rainfall might be well-received by some interests.
Any dry period at the end of the week may be short lived, as unsettled conditions could return to portions of the Northeast in time for the weekend.
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