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REPORTS: Severe storm outbreak wreaks havoc across eastern US

By By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
February 25, 2016, 9:01:02 PM EST

As of 5:00 a.m. EST Thursday, this blog is no longer live. Archived reports from the storm can be found below.

After tearing through the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, the disruptive storm system has moved into the Northeast.

"A line of thunderstorms will continue to march across New England into Thursday morning," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said. "The main threat will be locally damaging winds and heavy rainfall."

Thunderstorms marched across the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to New York City during Wednesday afternoon and evening. These storms produced isolated damaging wind gusts and flooding rainfall leading to power outages.

The same system led to a severe weather outbreak in the South, destroying property in Louisiana and Florida. Seven people were killed across the eastern U.S.


Severe weather to target Florida to North Carolina, Virginia Wednesday
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Map: Current severe weather watches and warnings

UPDATES: (All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time)4:29 a.m. EST Thursday: More than 70,000 Eversource customers in Connecticut are without power, the utility reported.


3:39 a.m. EST Thursday: Over 330 flights, mostly in the northeastern U.S., have been canceled early Thursday, FlightStats reports.

3:28 a.m. EST Thursday: Storm near Smithfield, Massachusetts, was moving northeast at 140 mph, the National Weather Service in Boston said.


3:14 a.m. EST Thursday: Trees and wires down in Concord, Massachusetts, an NWS-trained spotter reports.

3:08 a.m. EST Thursday: After a cold front moved through eastern Pennsylvania, the temperature in Reading, Pennsylvania, fell from 56 F to 46 F in three hours.

2:53 a.m. EST Thursday: Over 7,000 Maine electric customers are without power as storms move into southern Maine, utilities report.


2:46 a.m. EST Thursday: Trees downed in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where there was a 48-mph wind gust clocked, an NWS-trained spotter reported.

2:29 a.m. EST Thursday: Power outages climb to 43,000 customers in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported.

2:16 a.m. EST Thursday: Sixteen tornadoes were reported on Wednesday in the eastern and southern United States, the NWS Storm Prediction Center said.


1:58 a.m. EST Thursday: Over 82,000 New York customers are without power after storms, utilities report.

1:48 a.m. EST Thursday: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, broke its 101-year-old Feb. 24 rain record with 1.75 inches. The old record was 1.1 inches, set in 1915.

1:26 a.m. EST Thursday: At least two buildings collapsed on Wednesday night after storms struck Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the county's 911 center reported.

1:15 a.m. EST Thursday: More than 33,000 Connecticut customers are without electricity at this time, utilities report.

1:00 a.m. EST Thursday: More than 12,000 Massachusetts customers are without power, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported.

12:34 a.m. EST Thursday: Storms cause damage in Tolland County, Connecticut, county officials report.
12:22 a.m. EST Thursday: More than 15 people sent to Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, in Tappahannock, Virginia, after a tornado hit the community on Wednesday. Six people were admitted in fair condition while three others were treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

12:13 a.m. EST Thursday: Over 48,000 Pennsylvania customers, mostly in the eastern part of the state, are without power early Thursday after storms, utilities report.

12:00 a.m. EST Thursday: Storm survey will be conducted on Thursday to determine whether a tornado touched down in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday.

11:41 p.m. EST Wednesday: A second line of thunderstorms is moving toward New York City.


11:34 p.m. EST Wednesday: A fourth person has died after tornadoes hit Virginia on Wednesday, NBC 12 in Richmond reports.

11:28 p.m. EST Wednesday: In just 30 minutes, the number of New Jersey customers without power jumped from 34,000 to 62,000 as a powerful line of storms plowed into the state, utilities report.

11:23 p.m. EST Wednesday: About 40,000 New York customers, including 13,000 PSEG customers on Long Island, are without electricity, utilities report.


11:11 p.m. EST Wednesday: A storm near Trenton, New Jersey, is moving at about 100 mph, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston said.


11:00 p.m. EST Wednesday: Over 14,000 Maryland customers are without power, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said.


10:55 p.m. EST Wednesday: More than 41,000 Virginia customers remain without electricity at this time after storms, utilities report.

10:42 p.m. EST Wednesday: House collapses during storm in The Bronx, New York.

10:32 p.m. EST Wednesday: Line of storms is located from near Albany, New York, to Dover, Delaware.


10:20 p.m. EST Wednesday: Storm damage in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

10:12 p.m. EST Wednesday: More than 34,000 New Jersey customers, including 14,800 PSE&G customers, are without power as a result of storms, utilities report.


9:57 p.m. EST Wednesday: Water rescues in progress in Mertztown, Pennsylvania, the local fire department reports.

9:43 p.m. EST Wednesday: Travel delays and restrictions on the George Washington Bridge in New York City:

8:47 p.m. EST Wednesday: More than 12,000 PECO customers are without power in southeastern Pennsylvania, the utility reports:


8:37 p.m. EST Wednesday: Roofs damaged on several structures in the Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, area, according to the local 911 call center.

8:02 p.m. EST Wednesday: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency following the destructive storms that rattled the state earlier today:

7:23 p.m. EST Wednesday: Multiple structures were damaged from a possible tornado in Tappahannock, Virginia, the local 911 call center reports.

7:09 p.m. EST Wednesday: Maryland Route 550 is closed in both directions at Council Drive in Woodsboro, Maryland, according to the Maryland Department of Highways.

6:53 p.m. EST Wednesday: Storms in Alexandria, Virginia, caused damage to this grocery store that was undergoing renovations.


6:49 p.m. EST Wednesday: There are nearly 123,000 customers without power in North Carolina:

6:45 p.m. EST Wednesday: A tornado left behind significant damage in Granville County, North Carolina.

6:43 p.m. EST Wednesday: A wind gust of 65 mph was measured near Baltimore by an NWS spotter.

6:19 p.m. EST Wednesday: Over 2,200 flights in the U.S. have been canceled with more than 5,200 delayed, according to FlightStats.

6:11 p.m. EST Wednesday: Winds have gusted to 70 mph near Germantown, Maryland, according to MESONET.

5:59 p.m. EST Wednesday: Richmond, Virginia, is in the path of a severe storm capable of producing a tornado.

5:47 p.m. EST Wednesday: This video shows the destruction caused by a tornado in Waverly, Virginia, earlier this afternoon:

WATCH: Tornado touches down in Waverly, Virginia, killing three


5:43 p.m. EST Wednesday: A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is about to move through Raleigh, North Carolina.

5:31 p.m. EST Wednesday: A tornado emergency is in effect for Cedar Creek, Stedman and Vander, North Carolina.

5:27 p.m. EST Wednesday: This tornado tracked near Stovall, North Carolina, earlier this afternoon.


5:23 p.m. EST Wednesday: A funnel cloud has been spotted northwest of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 911 call center reports.

5:21 p.m. EST Wednesday: This video is a tornado that touched down near Henderson, North Carolina, earlier this afternoon.

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