Live Blog: Strong, Gusty Storms Threaten D.C.

By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist
July 04, 2012, 5:56:54 AM EDT

A batch of strong thunderstorms stretches from lakes Erie and Ontario to Georgia and Alabama Tuesday evening.

Storms in the north were moving along at a swift pace. While they were not moving at the fast pace of last weekend's derecho, nor were they as intense, these slow moving storms in the South were still packing a punch at the local level.

The storms will drift toward the mid-Atlantic coast and will slowly diminish in place over the interior South later Tuesday night.


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According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "Some communities in the swath from around Lake Erie to perhaps near the Chesapeake Bay region are likely to have downed trees and power knocked out (again), as high winds near and within severe thunderstorms can reach 60 mph."


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Additional storms will also affect the Great Lakes region Tuesday night.

Spotty storms will also linger in the Northeast during Independence Day.

The storms will bring frequent lightning strikes, brief downpours and hail, in addition to the strong winds.

Stay alert for rapidly changing weather conditions as the storms in the mid-Atlantic are moving along at a swift pace, reaching 40 mph. You may have only several minutes from the time you hear thunder until the storm is upon you.

Even though the system is not quite as potent as last weekend's event, one or more complexes of storms are likely to roll through more areas and will hit some locations that were unscathed by recent storms.


UPDATES: 10:30 a.m.: Thunderstorms winds gusted to 60 mph at Sheffield Lake, Ohio.

11:01 a.m.: WEWS NewsChannel5 tweeted this photo from viewer Nicholas Martini of the skies near Cleveland, Ohio.

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11:15 a.m.: Thunderstorm winds downed trees onto roadways in Carlisle Township, Lorain County, Ohio.

11:40 a.m.: Thunderstorm winds downed trees in Medina County, Ohio.

12:10 p.m.: Thunderstorm winds downed trees and nickle-sized hail fell in Wayne County, Ohio.

2:00 p.m.: Thunderstorm winds downed trees near Lake Lure, N.C..

2:15 p.m.: Thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines in Jackson, Ala. Trees were blocking some roads in town.

2:53 p.m.: Thunderstorm winds gusting to near 60 mph downed trees near Columbus, Ga.

3:12 p.m.: Thunderstorm winds downed trees in the Steubenville, Ohio area.

4:15 p.m.: Golf ball-sized hail hit Genesee County, MI., and western Washington County, GA. 4:50 p.m.: EMA Director in Henry County, GA., reported five tractor trailers turned over near the intersection of Highway-42 and King Mill Road.

5:38 p.m.: 66-mph winds gusting through Macomb County, MI. Several trees are down.

6:02 p.m.: Laurens County, SC., hit by 80-mph wind gusts and golf ball-sized hail on Interstate-385 and Highway-49.

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