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Dangerous Storms Strike From Mid-Atlantic To Texas

UPDATED 10:15 PM EDT, July 26, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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Severe thunderstorms continue to rampage through the Mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Mississippi Valley this evening as they race eastward along a powerful cold front. These storms are capable of producing strong wind gusts and damaging hail.

Due to the severe nature of the storms rolling across the eastern U.S., Severe Thunderstorm Watches remain in effect from extreme northeastern Texas all the way to southern New Jersey. This includes the cities of Little Rock, Ark., Cincinnati, Charleston, W. Va., Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

The storms continue to feed off an energetic atmosphere caused by near-record heat, high humidity and a cold front making its way toward the East Coast. Luckily, these storms will begin to fizzle out later tonight due to the loss of heating from the sun and the front beginning to move offshore.

Numerous damage reports rolled in earlier today as these powerful storms cut a swath from the Northeast to Ohio Valley, and even into the Southern Plains. A possible tornado was reported in Elmira, N.Y., where numerous roofs were torn off buildings and many trees came down. In Rockaway, N.J., two adults and an infant were injured when trees fell on their house, while in Camden, N.J., a tree fell on a car, trapping and injuring the driver.

Unfortunately for residents in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley, Friday will threaten to bring another round of strong storms to the region. However, the good news is that any storms on Friday are unlikely to be as strong as those that plagued the region today. Even so, another afternoon of hot temperatures will set the stage for storms capable of producing large hail and powerful wind gusts.

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