Locally severe storms may disrupt travel from Ohio to Virginia Thursday

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
June 18, 2016, 11:12:47 PM EDT

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The risk of severe weather will rebound over parts of the Midwest, Appalachians and Piedmont into Thursday evening.

"Storms have the potential to be severe on a more regional basis from portions of Ohio to Virginia, eastern Tennessee and northwestern North Carolina," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

The thunderstorms will have the potential to pack more of a punch and cover more territory.

"A greater number of the storms will pack damaging winds, flooding downpours and hail, when compared to Wednesday," Pydynowski said.


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Sporadic disruptions to travel are possible, especially where the storms cross main highways, target urban areas and approach major airports.

"A couple of the strongest storms will have the potential to produce a tornado," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.

During the evening on Thursday, the storms will move southeastward into western Maryland, much of Virginia, eastern Tennessee and northwestern North Carolina.

The storms can hit a few communities hard with frequent lightning strikes, downed trees and sporadic power outages.

Major cities that could be hit by severe storms on Thursday include Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio; Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia; Pittsburgh and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Roanoke and Winchester, Virginia; Hagerstown, Maryland; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C.

Storms could impact the first round of the 116th U.S. Open in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, Thursday afternoon.

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The storms could organize into a complex or solid line if ideal conditions develop with prior sunshine, warmth, very moist air and light winds. Should that occur, damaging winds and flooding rainfall will be the main threats.

Spotty heavy rain will fall from western New York state to central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey eastern Maryland and Delaware. This includes Dover, Delaware; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Baltimore and Philadelphia.


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Little rain may fall on New York City, while Boston is likely to escape rain entirely through Thursday. Rain could reach Philadelphia late Thursday night into Friday morning.

The fast-moving storm will slow down along the mid-Atlantic coast on Friday. Showers and locally heavy thunderstorms will drench parts of the Carolinas, Georgia and southeastern Virginia.

The storm could stall just offshore over the weekend and cause rough surf to develop.

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