Storm Reports: Strong Storms, Winds and Rain
By By Grace Muller, AccuWeather staff writer
February 01, 2013, 2:26:01 PM EST
UPDATE: This story was last updated on January 31 at 6:45 a.m. EST. A link to the wrap-up of the storm will be added to the story when it is posted.
The severe weather setup this week looks like an early-spring storm that is pulling warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico. The warmth continued to fuel thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon to early Thursday morning, as they push across the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and New England.
Impacts from the storms include damaging winds, quarter- to half dollar-size hail and, possibly, large, long-lived tornadoes.
Read for more details about the setup for the severe weather.Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with no warning. Get to a storm shelter or sturdy building if a tornado approaches, staying away from doors and windows.
5:05 a.m. EST Thursday: Winds were gusting behind the cold front in the northeast Thursday morning too! 52 mph gust reported in Binghamton, NY.
5:00 a.m. EST Thursday: Lancaster, Pennsylvania were having flooding problems, including water rescues and road closures.
4:53 a.m. EST Thursday:The remaining tornado watches in North Carolina expire, ending the severe weather threat in the Southeast.
4:00 a.m. EST Thursday: Flooding is reported in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Water was flowing over a road in Ulster Township.
3:35 a.m. EST Thursday: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for north-central New Jersey, including the cities of Trenton and Somerville.
3:15 a.m. EST Thursday: Cape May, NJ has was reporting high winds ahead of the cold front. Gusts brought down trees and wires in Eldora
2:48 a.m. EST Thursday: Ahead of the front in eastern Massachusetts, the city of Windemere had wind gusts of 58 mph.
2:45 a.m. EST Thursday: Milton, Massachusetts reported having a 71 mph wind gust ahead of the cold front currently moving through New England.
2:31 a.m. EST Thursday: Thunderstorms that moved through Craven County in North Carolina created 54 mph wind gusts, landing trees on two homes.
1:43 a.m. EST Thursday: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for multiple counties in eastern North Carolina, including the city of Greenville and east Pender county.
1:32 a.m. EST Thursday: The system completely moved through Snowshoe, West Virginia. With heavy rain on and off Wednesday evening, a total of 2.13 inches of rain fell.
1:10 a.m. EST Thursday: Strong winds moved through with a thunderstorm Wayne County, North Carolina. Gusts were measured at 56 mph, causing trees to blow over near Walnut Creek.
12:58 a.m. EST Thursday: 3.52 inches of rain was recorded through the downpours of Wednesday storms in Glasgow, Virginia.
12:05 a.m. EST Thursday: A tornado watch was extended through North Carolina until 5:00 a.m. EST.
11:40 p.m. EST Wednesday: Flash flood warnings continue across the East Coast tonight. Warnings currently span from Bel Air, Maryland to Boone, North Carolina
11:10 p.m. EST Wednesday: Winds in thunderstorms going through Bingham, South Carolina has caused damage, bringing down some trees.
11:01 p.m. EST Wednesday: Wind gusts at Virginia Beach, Virginia are at 47 mph,coming from the south ahead of the cold front.
10:52 p.m. EST Wednesday: On Crooked Bridge Road in Gleedsville, Virginia, water in the creek has flooded, causing nearly a foot of water to flow over the bridge.
10:40 p.m. EST Wednesda: Tornado watch in the Mid-Atlantic, including the Washington D.C. metro area, was partially cancelled. Maryland counties of St. Mary's, Calvert, and Charles, along with Stafford County in Virginia are still within the watch.
9:56 p.m. EST Wednesday: With the front approaching central North Carolina, winds in Kinston, N.C. reached 46 mph.
9:36 p.m. EST Wednesday: Since early Wednesday morning, 2.05 inches of rain has fallen in the Marlinton, West Virginia area.
9:12 p.m. EST Wednesday: "The worst weather is contained in a line of dangerous thunderstorms stretched from central Virginia to just west of Raleigh and just west of Jacksonville, Fla.," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline said. "Raleigh, N.C. to Charleston, S.C. to Jacksonville, Fla. will be at risk over the next couple of hours. Storms will push off of the coast later tonight."
8:10 p.m. EST Wednesday: A culvert collapsed in Cruso, N.C. causing Chenquipen Road to flood and a building to collapse.
7:52 p.m. EST Wednesday: Flash flooding reported in Boone, N.C. The fire department reports that at least four water rescues were occurring as of 6:35 p.m. Numerous roads are closed in the area.
6:45 p.m. EST Wednesday: A line of thunderstorms has developed across Virginia. Washington, D.C., is among areas at risk for severe weather, including damaging wind gusts, large hail and even isolated tornadoes. Local Radar
5:43 p.m. EST Wednesday: A few trees and power lines were downed by severe thunderstorm winds around Calhoun County, Ga.
5:23 p.m. EST Wednesday: A severe storm knocked a large tree down across a road just north of Greenwood, Fla.
5:12 p.m. EST Wednesday: Multiple trees and power lines were downed in Americus, Ga.
4:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: The severe storm threat will continue for the Carolinas through the evening hours, including in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. "It's going to be nasty through the evening hours," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
3:15 p.m. EST Wednesday: Flooding across Towns County, Ga., has closed seven roads. Emergency Management reports that one family was displaced by the flooding.
3:05 p.m. EST Wednesday: A delayed report has been released from the NWS. Eight people were injured in one home by a possible tornado that touched down 4 miles southeast of Calhoun, Ga., at 11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday. Several of the injuries are critical. The twister damaged numerous homes.
3:00 pm. EST Wednesday: We have compiled photos and videos of the damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes that have been striking the Southeast today.
2:45 p.m. EST Wednesday: AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity (@Accu_Henry) tweeted that winds may gust over 50 mph as squall line pushes through Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: Numerous trees and power lines have been downed by severe storms across Haywood County, N.C., during the past hour.
2:25 p.m. EST Wednesday: There will be two opportunities for downpours in the major I-95 cities, including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. One round will occur this evening before a second shot arrives overnight. Flash and urban flooding as well as locally damaging winds are possible. More Details
1:50 p.m. EST Wednesday: More details have been released by the NWS about the Adairsville, Ga., tornado. A man was killed in a mobile home near Adairsville. An emergency manager confirms that approximately 100 cars were overturned by the twister near exit 306 on Interstate 75.
1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: Trees and power lines were downed by strong thunderstorm winds near Alarka, N.C.
1:10 p.m. EST Wednesday: Bartow County Emergency Management confirmed one fatality with the Adairsville, Ga., tornado.
12:50 p.m. EST Wednesday:
Reports of injuries, no fatalities in Adairsville. Just got another photo of an overturned car. twitter.com/wsbtv/status/2…
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 30, 2013
12:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: The squall line extends from central Pennsylvania to Mobile, Ala. The tornado threat remains across the Southeast.
12:00 p.m. EST Wednesday: A wind gust to 69-mph was reported in Nanty Glo, Pa.
11:40 a.m. EST Wednesday: There is major tornado damage reported in downtown Adairsville, Ga. There are reports of cars overturned and major structural damage.
We just got this photo of an overturned car in Adairsville twitter.com/wsbtv/status/2…
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 30, 2013
— Megan Jamison (@MeganJamison22) January 30, 2013
11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday: These two types of flooding may be confusing, so we thought we would take a minute to try and clarify the difference between them.
A Flash Flood Warning is issued for flooding that normally occurs within six hours of heavy or intense rainfall. This results in small creeks and streams quickly rising out of their banks. Dangerous flooding in areas near these creeks and streams, as well as low-lying flood prone areas, develops very quickly and is a significant threat to life and/or property.
An Areal Flood Warning is normally issued for flooding that develops more gradually, usually from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall. This results in a gradual ponding or buildup of water in low-lying, flood prone areas, as well as small creeks and streams. The flooding normally occurs more than six hours after the rainfall begins, and may cover a large area. However, even though this type of flooding develops more slowly than flash flooding, it can still be a threat to life and property.
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