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    REPORTS: Thunderstorms, Wind Halt Air Traffic in Northeast

    By By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    February 23, 2014, 12:09:11 AM EST

    Update at 4:35 p.m. EST Friday: This blog is no longer live, as the severe threat has ended across the Southeast and Northeast. Detailed reports of the event can be found below.

    Threatening millions of people throughout the central United States and along the Atlantic coast, severe weather began Thursday in the Midwest and spread eastward through Friday.

    Thunderstorms, damaging winds, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes were all threats that the storm brought.

    On Thursday evening, multiple funnel clouds were reported throughout Illinois and Tennessee.

    Thunderstorms, wind and low visibility caused major flight delays on both Thursday and Friday at major hubs in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast. By Friday evening, more than 6,500 were delayed with the top delays into and out of LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International and Chicago O'Hare.

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    On Friday, multiple downed trees were reported across the Southeast, as more than 7,000 were left without power in North Carolina following the storms.

    While weather will calm down for the weekend, snow and cold will return to the Midwest and East next week.


    UPDATES: (All times are listed in EST)

    4:05 p.m. EST Friday: Ground stops at JFK International Airport and Teterboro Airport due to low visibility, reports FAA.

    2:50 p.m. EST Friday: Winds gusted to hurricane force at 74 mph in Williamsburg, Va., this afternoon.

    1:50 p.m. EST Friday: FlightStats lists more than 4,000 delayed, 1,000 cancelled flights in the United States, mostly out of eastern airports.

    12:40 p.m. EST Friday: Emergency managers in Marshall County, W. Va., report ice jams and minor flooding on creeks across the county.

    12:00 p.m EST Friday: See the latest storm updates on the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

    11:40 a.m. EST Friday: AccuWeather.com Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski warns that storms with potentially damaging winds are ramping up toward Richmond, Va.

    11:30 a.m. EST Friday: North Carolina power outages top 7,000. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said that storms are ramping up from Raleigh to Fayetteville.

    11:00 a.m. EST Friday:

    10:30 a.m. EST Friday: Emergency managers in Douglas, Ga., report multiple downed trees across Coffee County.

    9:40 a.m. EST Friday: A co-op observer in Oneida, Ky., reports 1.2 inches of rain for the area.

    9:00 a.m. EST Friday: FlightStats lists moderate to significant delays for Nashville, Charlotte, Newark, and Cincinnati airports.

    8:10 a.m. EST Friday: Watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE for updates on the storm system:

    7:40 a.m. EST Friday: Duke Energy lists just under 5,000 customers without power in North Carolina.

    7:20 a.m. EST Friday: The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for northern Florida into South Carolina.

    6:50 a.m. EST Friday: A 911 call center reports that power lines went down just north of Weber City, Va. Fewer than 100 customers are without power.

    6:20 a.m. EST Friday: A 911 call center in Bryson City, N.C., reports that trees were knocked down in thunderstorm conditions.

    4:04 a.m. EST Friday: Rain and heavy thunderstorms were moving into Pensacola, Fla.

    3:20 a.m. EST Friday: A storm capable of producing a tornado was moving through Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in northwest Florida.

    2:43 a.m. EST Friday: Gusty winds arrived in Charleston, W.Va., reaching speeds as high as 60 mph.

    1:23 a.m. EST Friday: Strong thunderstorms move into West Virginia, bringing winds high enough to blow the roof off of a church in Burlington.

    12:55 a.m. EST Friday: Wind gusts with thunderstorms in Roane and Morgan counties in Tennessee knocked down several trees.

    11:36 p.m. EST Thursday: A trained spotter reported wind gusts to 71 mph brought tree limbs down onto the roadways in Huntsville, Ala. Power lines were also reportedly down in the area.

    11:25 p.m. EST Thursday: Flash flooding was reported with thunderstorms moving through Columbia, Mississippi. Several streets were under water.

    10:47 p.m. EST Thursday: As thunderstorms roll through Kentucky, wind gusts in places like Burkesville and Shively were reported over 50 mph. These winds have caused numerous power outages.

    10:00 p.m. EST Thursday: National flight delays surpass 5,500, according to FlightStats.

    8:50 p.m. EST Thursday: 80 mph thunderstorm wind gust recorded in Cross Plains, Tenn., a trained spotter reports.

    8:30 p.m. EST Thursday:Funnel cloud north of Nashville, Tenn., in Greenbrier, reports NWS spotter.

    8:07 p.m. EST Thursday: Flight delays reach 4,785 nationally, with more than 1,300 delays into and out of Chicago O'Hare International, according to FlightStats.

    7:40 p.m. EST Thursday: A co-op observer reports heavy rain near the Chicago Midway Airport. Many roads throughout the region are flooding, as rainfall totals range between 4 and 7 inches:

    7:20 p.m. EST Thursday: A funnel cloud in Grayville, Ill., moving towards Belmont, according to a trained spotter.

    7:10 p.m. EST Thursday: An NWS observer reports flash flooding and a funnel cloud in Springerton, Ill.

    6:55 p.m. EST Thursday: For the latest updates on the severe weather, watch this evening's edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

    6:45 p.m. EST Thursday: A NWS observer reports 5.3 inches of snow in Hudson, Wis., approximately 18 miles from St. Paul, Minn.


    6:30 p.m. EST Thursday: A funnel cloud was reported by an NWS observer northeast of Johnston City, Ill.

    6:15 p.m. EST Thursday: NWS observer reports dense fog in Montgomery, Ill.

    5:55 p.m. EST Thursday: NWS observer reports 4 inches of snow in Holstein, Iowa.

    5:40 p.m. EST Thursday: Golf-ball sized hail and tree damage reported in Hornersville, Mo., according to law enforcement.

    5:20 p.m. EST Thursday: A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is heading for downtown Memphis, Tenn.

    5:05 p.m. EST Thursday: As we move into the early evening hours, the greatest concern for severe thunderstorms capable of producing isolated tornadoes will reside from northern Mississippi northward through western Tennessee, western Kentucky, southeastern Illinois and southern Indiana, said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock.

    "Memphis, Tenn., Jackson, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., and Evansville, Ky., are some cities that will have to be watched over the next several hours," he said.

    4:50 p.m. EST Thursday: More than 4,500 Arkansas customers are without electricity, utilities said. They include: 3,531 Entergy Arkansas; 553 Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative; 411 Southwestern Electric Power Company; and 19 First Electric Cooperative.

    4:40 p.m. EST Thursday: At least 4,000 Illinois electric customers were without power, utilities report. They include: 3,910 Ameren Illinois and 79 ComEd.

    4:30 p.m. EST Thursday: At least 2,000 Iowa customers are without power, various utilities report. They include: 1,147 Alliant Energy; 929 Mid American Energy; and 118 members of Iowa electric cooperatives.

    4:25 p.m. EST Thursday: It looks as if the best chance for a strong gusty t-storm in Chicago will be between 5 and 8 p.m., local time, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

    4:20 p.m. EST Thursday: Flooding reported at Fort Madison High School, Fort Madison, Iowa, NWS spotter said.

    4:15 p.m. EST Thursday: Tornado touchdown near Arenzville, Ill., at 2:55 p.m., local time, emergency management reported.

    4:10 p.m. EST Thursday: More than 3,500 electric customers in Missouri are without power: 1,730 http://apps.ameren.com/outage/outagemap.aspx?state=MO; 800 KCP&L; 615 Empire District; and 183 Co-Mo Electric Cooperative.

    3:50 p.m. EST Thursday: For the most current updates on the severe weather, watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

    3:50 p.m. EST Thursday: Flooding with 1 foot of water reported between Altona and Oneida, Ill., NWS cooperative observer said.

    3:45 p.m. EST Thursday: The brick storefront of an old, unoccupied store was blown down in Stephens, Ark., at around 1:30 p.m., local time, emergency management in Quachita County, Ark., reported to the National Weather Service.

    3:40 p.m. EST Thursday: A broken line of gusty thunderstorms will cross St. Louis from west to east during the next two hours and be on top of the city around 3:30 p.m., local time, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said.

    3:30 p.m. EST Thursday: AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring the possibility for a few tornadoes from southern Illinois and southern Indiana southward into northern Mississippi over the next several hours.

    3:15 p.m. EST Thursday: 58 mph wind gust, three miles west-northwest of Hannibal, Mo., according to NWS observation.

    3:10 p.m. EST Thursday: Rainy travel on Interstate 20 near Shreveport, La., where a line of thunderstorms passed through the area.


    2:40 p.m. EST Thursday: Storms northwest of St. Louis moving toward west-central Illinois are showing signs of bowing, which may lead to high winds.

    2:00 p.m. EST Thursday: Thunderstorms are beginning to fire up in northeastern Texas.

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