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Late-Week Storms, Flooding Eye Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

UPDATED 9:30 PM EDT, July 3, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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Mother Nature isn`t finished dishing out its own natural fireworks across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast heading into the long Independence Day holiday weekend. Potentially damaging thunderstorms and downpours, along with an increased flash flood threat, will end a busy week of stormy weather for the U.S.

A cold front making a slow push toward the East Coast has triggered numerous severe thunderstorms today, from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. The biggest concerns accompanying the thunderstorms will be damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph and large hail exceeding golf ball-size, although a brief tornado will be possible as well.

Already, storm reports of golf ball-sized hail in locations in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New York. Trees and power lines were reportedly knocked down from West Virginia to Vermont as the storms barreled through.

Due to this risk, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in place across the coastal Northeast from New York to Maine, including New York City, Hartford, Conn., Worcester, Mass., and Portland, Maine.

Severe weather won`t be the only impact possessed by this storm either. The slow-moving cold front will also provide a path for thunderstorms to repeatedly drops lots of rain over the same areas. Drawing upon tropical moisture along the East Coast and from Hurricane Arthur off the Southeast Coast, the thunderstorms will squeeze out 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. Flash Flood Watches remain in place from the Virginia and North Carolina border to eastern Maine. Remember the old adage, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

While the cold front will rid the Mid-Atlantic of thunderstorms and Arthur`s tropical moisture on Friday, the Northeast won`t be so lucky. As it stalls a bit longer across New England, Arthur`s moisture will get drawn into it, with additional downpours and thunderstorms washing out Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations.

Tropical squalls moving into the coastal Carolinas this afternoon and tonight ahead of Hurricane Arthur could trigger a quick tornado. For more information on Hurricane Arthur, click here.

If you live in an area that could be threatened by thunderstorms, be sure to download the mobile WeatherBug app on your smart phone. The mobile apps now include Spark Lightning Alerts, a GPS-based lightning detection feature providing you the location of the closest lightning strike, so you can Know Before the storm hits. Click here for the link to download.

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