Storms, downpours to pack a punch in parts of the eastern US on Saturday

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
July 08, 2017, 7:06:54 PM EDT

Downpours and thunderstorms could ruin outdoor plans across parts of the eastern United States into Saturday evening with some communities facing severe weather.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will push eastward after soaking parts of the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes Friday. Some of the storms turned severe.

Over 40,000 electric customers were left without power Friday afternoon after damaging storms tracked across the state, according to AEPOhio.

Thunderstorms will continue to erupt and track over the Atlantic coast into Saturday evening.

While most of the storms will not be severe Saturday in New England, a few can bring torrential downpours, strong gusts of wind and small hail.

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Severe thunderstorms will also threaten parts of southern Virginia and North Carolina into Saturday evening. Residents of Richmond, Virginia, and Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, will have to monitor cell phones and be prepared to seek shelter.

Flooding downpours and damaging winds will be the greatest impacts.

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In between these two severe weather zones, thunderstorms will also rattle the mid-Atlantic coast on Saturday. Motorists, airline passengers and those outdoors in Providence, Rhode Island; New York City; and Atlantic City, New Jersey should also be prepared for sporadic disruptions from storms and/or downpours.

Elsewhere across the Northeast, there is the risk of spotty showers briefly interrupting plans across the northern and central Appalachians.

Less humid and slightly cooler air will end the shower threat in the region Sunday.

Steamy air will hold through the weekend in the Southeast and along the Gulf Coast, helping to fuel additional thunderstorms. A localized number of the thunderstorms will produce downpours and strong wind gusts.

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