Severe Storms, Flooding Rain Blast East
UPDATED 10 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
The work week is starting off with fresh storms and flooding downpours in the East. A few brief tornadoes, large hail and destructive winds have all been reported so far today.
Tornado Watches extend from Delaware to southern Virginia. THis includes Wilmington, Del., Baltimore and Salisbury, Md., and Norfolk, Va.
Warm, humid air surging up the Mid-Atlantic Coast is combining with an upper-level low pressure swirling through the eastern Ohio Valley to produce rain and embedded severe storms with a history of wind damage and tornadoes.
A few other storms are moving across the Tennessee Valley underneath the upper-low. These storms will quickly fall apart late this evening as the best upper-level support moves away.
However, a Tornado Watch continues across southern Tennessee, with a Severe Thunderstorm Watch stretching across eastern Tennessee. This includes Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn.
So far today, 7 possible tornadoes have struck the Mid-Atlantic, including an apparent waterspout that came onshore near Fells Point in Baltimore. Charlotte, N.C., and Marietta, S.C., have reported trees and wires down from these storms. Hail covered the ground earlier today in Franklin, Ky.
While the severe threat will wane overnight, rain in the storms will continue to come down hard enough to overwhelm clogged storm drains and create ponding of water on urban and rural streets in the Mid-Atlantic. A quick 1 to 2 inches falling on already saturated soil from Tropical Storm Andrea`s rain last week will expand the flooding potential to the Mid-Atlantic Coast as the storms roll towards the Atlantic.
Flash Flood and Flood Watches and Warnings continue from northern Virginia to eastern Maine. Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Providence, R.I., Boston, and Portland, Maine, are included in these watches. If you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown." Water is typically deeper than it appears.
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