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Severe Storms Target Mid-Atlantic, Tenn. Valley, High Plains

5 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The U.S. active storm pattern continues this afternoon and evening, with big storms erupting across the central and eastern U.S. Severe storms could produce hail, damaging winds and hail.

Widespread storms are forming from the Hudson Valley all of the way to the Tennessee Valley, with another group of storms forming over the western higher Plains extending from west Texas northward into southeastern Wyoming.

All of these storms are developing in a highly charged late-May environment fed by a strong jet stream and cooler and dryer air bisecting the nation`s northern half and warm, humid air stretched across the nation`s southern reaches.

Cities at risk for storms include New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the eastern Washington, D.C., suburbs; Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.; Denver, and Colby, Kan.Most of the thunderstorms will remain below severe levels, but boomers capable of 60-mph winds and quarter-to-golf ball sized hail will target a few areas.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect from southeastern Virginia to the Hudson Valley, including the I-95 corridor from Richmond, Va., to the greater New York City area. A watch is also in effect across southeastern Missouri, southwestern Kentucky and northern Tennessee.

Across the high Plains, Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect from northeastern New Mexico and western Texas northward into southeastern Wyoming. This includes the greater Denver area.

Tornadoes wracked the Denver metro area on Wednesday, with at least three in Aurora causing damage. Three-inch deep hail was reported in the Denver area as well. Tuscola, Ill., witnessed softball-sized hail, with baseball-sized hail in Camargo, Ill. Savoy, Ill., recorded 63 mph gusts, with Angelus, Kan., recording a 71 mph gust. Tree and power line damage stretched from Illinois to Pennsylvania.

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