Storms Pepper N. Plains, Va. To North Carolina
UPATED 9:15 PM EDT, July 24, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
A pair of cold fronts, one sliding along the U.S. Northern-Tier and the other marching into the Carolinas, is igniting a few new fresh waves of big thunderstorms tonight. Destructive winds and very large hail will be the chief concerns, although a few could also spawn a brief tornado or two as well.
Fresh thunderstorms rolled through parts of the Mid-Atlantic very early this morning, catching campers` off-guard in Cherrystone, Va. Here, an unconfirmed tornado in addition to very large hail overturned RV campers and resulted in two fatalities and 36 injuries. Other thunderstorms also toppled trees in Sedley, Va., earlier this morning as well.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature is back at it again this evening into tonight. Warm and moisture-rich air ahead of the cold front is tangling with cooler, drier air in its wake across the northern Mid-Atlantic. The two are firing a broken line of potent thunderstorms from southeastern Virginia into north-central North Carolina.
Before exiting the Delmarva Peninsula and eastern North Carolina tonight, the thunderstorms will pose a high wind threat with gusts up to 70 mph possible. A secondary concern of a couple tornadoes will be part of the equation as well. Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., and Raleigh to Elizabeth City, N.C., could all be impacted by one of these thunderstorms tonight.
Meanwhile, a second and more complex severe weather danger zone continues to develop over central and eastern Montana this evening. Here, a cold front slicing into very hot and humid air ahead of it over the northern Plains of northeastern Montana is triggering a few dangerous thunderstorms already. As it gathers steam while trekking into the Dakotas, it will converge into a few small lines with damaging wind the primary hazard. Even so, a few very large hail reports up to baseballs will be possible also.
Because of this, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for northeastern Montana and northwestern North Dakota, including Glasgow, Mont., and Williston, N.D.
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