Gusty Winds Continue To Target Northeast
UPDATED 4:30 AM EST, November 18, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
Although not as strong as it was on Sunday, a threat of damaging winds continues to rock the Northeast this morning. Gusty winds are also possible across parts of the Great Lakes.
Severe Thunderstorm Watches extend from southern Connecticut to Delaware, including New Haven, Conn., New York City, and Dover, Del.
These storms are the remnants of a powerful line of thunderstorms that raced across the Midwest on Sunday. During the afternoon and evening, there were 80 reports of tornadoes, including significant damage, injuries, and fatalities reported from a tornado that hit Washington, Ill. Another storm in Boone, Ind., injured two people. Gusts of 70 mph were reported in Virden, Armington, and Peoria, Ill., with a gust at Sterling Airport in Rock Falls, Ill., measuring a 79 mph gust.
Chicago received 75 mph gusts and also witnessed a two-hour delay at the Bears-Ravens game, while Swayzee, Ind., saw in 85 mph gust. Damage extended from the banks of the Mississippi in Illinois all the way into western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with scattered reports as far east as eastern Pennsylvania.
While these massive, twister-producing storms have diminished, a few strong thunderstorms remain in the Northeast. They could produce wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, capable of knocking down branches and causing power outages. The threat will extend across the Northeast, including Boston and Providence, R.I., through the morning commute.
Winds will be a problem even away from the severe storms. High Wind Watches and Warnings and Wind Advisories remain in place from the shores of the Great Lakes to western New England. Sustained winds will range from 25 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. This will produce power outages, tree and minor structural damage and blow patio furniture and trash cans around the yard and into the road. It could also create difficult driving for people in high-profile vehicles.
The unusual round of November severe weather is thanks to a strong area of low pressure that is moving into central Ontario. On Sunday, a strong push of warm air and Gulf of Mexico moisture was directed through the Mississippi Valley ahead of the storm today, where it clashed with seasonably cool air filtering southward from Canada behind the storm. This clash of air masses, combined with screaming winds above the surface produced a powder-keg of conditions that resulted in a major severe weather outbreak.
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