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Storms Tear Path Across Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

UPDATED 9:15 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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Strong thunderstorms raced across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast today, producing widespread damage and knocking out power to thousands of people from Virginia to New York. Storms continue across New England, with lighter rainfall stretching back to the Nation`s Capital.

Meanwhile, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in eastern New England, including Boston.

This strong weather is thanks to a cold front that has been marching steadily eastward across the Midwest and to the Eastern Seaboard. It swept into an atmosphere filled with hot and humid air that had been in place for more than a week, and the clash of the cool air behind the front with the hot air mass ahead of it produced damaging thunderstorms.

This morning, the activity got going quickly, as a tornado tore across Brooklyn and Queens. It touched down near Breezy Point, damaging a roof and several trees. Later in the day, a widespread line of storms developed from Pennsylvania to Virginia, moving into the Interstate 95 corridor. More than 100,000 people in northern Virginia were without power from the storms, and by day`s end the damage stretched from northern New York and Vermont all the way into central Virginia.

A 63 mph gust was recorded in Reston, Va., and a 60 mph gust was reported in Gaithersburg, Md. A gust to 51 mph was reported at a WeatherBug Live Tracking Station in Ashburn, Va., with Leesburg, Va., at 49 mph. Reading, Pa., recorded a 57 mph gust. A 4 foot tree was uprooted in Washington Boro, Pa.

A few more storms are likely this evening, primarily across central and eastern New England. Gusty winds of 60 to 70 mph winds will crush the Boston and Portland, Maine, areas, causing power outages and tree damage.

Following the severe storms, cooler air is spilling into the East. Gone will be the heat and humidity that has been plaguing the East. Instead, it will be replaced by comfortable temperatures in the 70s and lower 80s with low humidity.

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