Millions face extreme weather risks as storms rush to Atlantic coast

AccuWeather forecasters say severe thunderstorms will converge on coastal areas of New England and the mid-Atlantic through Monday evening. The intense storms, which will also extend into Kentucky and Tennessee, will put tens of millions of people at risk.

As the cold front responsible for the unstable weather heads east, severe storms are expected to move from the Interstate 95 corridor to many beaches. While the storms are expected to end the scorching heat wave gripping the region, it will come with the threat of damaging winds, hail and possibly even a tornado.

In the early hours of Monday morning, a series of strong storms were underway in parts of the northeast interior. In northwestern Pennsylvania, multiple tornado warnings were issued as a particularly intense storm moved near Warren, Pennsylvania, though it wasn’t immediately clear if a tornado touched down.

“The greatest risk of severe thunderstorms along the eastern seaboard through dusk Monday evening will be in two main areas,” said Dave Dombek, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather. “One area will focus on southeastern New England and the other will extend from southeastern Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula.”

Isolated severe storms can occur between the two areas and multiple storms are likely to track south into the Appalachia and Ohio Valley through Monday evening.

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“Like previous days, severe storms tend to be most likely to occur where the best overlap between warm, moist air and a strong jet stream occurs. Monday evening, this appears to line up with the corridor busy urban northeast stretching roughly from Washington, D.C. north to the coast, even across parts of Maine,” said Matt Rinde, AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist.

Meetings in the Washington, D.C. metro area have already been hit by the storms, as some U.S. senators have been unable to arrive at the Legislative Center, which delayed a vote on a bill until Tuesday morning.

Given the timing of these storms, busy nighttime commutes in many cities can be impacted, with the storms potentially acting on peak-hour traffic. Travel was already severely hampered at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, with storms causing arrival flight delays it lasted on average more than 90 minutes.

To the southwest, additional storms are also likely to form in Virginia. Thunderstorms may not be as prevalent in these areas, but any storm that develops could become intense very quickly. People caught in storms while traveling are warned never to seek refuge under a bridge or overpass and never to drive on flooded roads.

Devastating gusty winds, hail and torrential rain will be the main threats during Monday’s storms, forecasters said.

As the front continues to push southeast through Tuesday, the northeast will finally be able to enjoy calm, seasonal weather. However, storms will be possible further south over a wide area, and at least a few could become severe from southern Illinois to the Atlantic coast.

While severe storm coverage is expected to be lower than previous days, the most intense storms may occasionally be capable of damaging gusty winds. With the front expected to slow and eventually stall, multiple rounds of thunderstorms could pose a threat of flash flooding, particularly in low-lying areas.

Monday’s severe weather danger follows an active weekend of storms in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.

The weekend’s first dangerous storms formed early Saturday morning and then moved into the greater Chicago area. Numerous severe thunderstorm warnings were plastered across the region as devastating storms ripped through around dawn on Saturday. Tornado warnings were also issued Saturday morning.

This area of ​​storms was responsible for hundreds of wind damage reports that were sent to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) on Saturday, stretching from Indiana to western Virginia. Reports of damage ranged from tree limbs in spots to broken utility poles.

Severe storms also rolled in on Sunday, with an intense line of storms moving through parts of the Midwest and Northeast. From northeast Ohio to western Massachusetts, more than 150 reports of damaging winds have been recorded by the Storm Prediction Center. In this area, more than 77,000 customers were without power early Monday morning, according to PowerOutage.US. During the noon hours, the number of power outages has decreased but is expected to increase significantly along the northeast I-95 area through Monday evening.

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