Reports: Thursday's Damaging Winds, Blinding Downpours
June 14, 2013; 10:25 AM
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Update: 11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday
Late on Thursday night, the line of thunderstorms moving through the Southeast began to weaken, no longer posing a severe thunderstorm threat.
Hail, power outages and roads closed by flooding or downed trees were reported across the mid-Atlantic and parts on the South on June 13 as a complex of severe thunderstorms rattled the area. High winds and heavy rain were particularly problematic. A 911 call center has reported two fatalities in Wilkes County, N.C. One, a firefighter, was reportedly electrocuted by a downed power line. A man was also said to have been killed by a falling tree in his yard. Local media reported that a child may have also been fatally injured by a falling tree in Richmond, Va.
Emergency managers reported a person struck by lightning in Rising Sun, Md., and several people injured by falling trees North Carolina and Georgia. Falling trees and flooding also caused significant damage to some homes in the storms path. The number of displaced residents is still unknown at this time.
10:45 p.m. EDT Thursday: A line of severe thunderstorms currently approaching the Wilmington, N.C., area.
10:20 p.m. EDT Thursday: Law enforcement in South Carolina reporting downed trees and power lines in the Columbia area.
10:01 p.m. EDT Thursday: The strongest thunderstorms are tracking across east-central Alabama and central Georgia south of Atlanta, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards. These storms are racing southward and are still capable of producing isolated damaging wind gusts to 60 miles per hour. Gusty thunderstorms will also affect the coastal Carolinas over the next two hours from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Wilmington, N.C.
9:15 p.m. EDT Thursday: Two injured in Canton, Ga., by trees downed as a result of thunderstorm winds, emergency manager reports. Click here for radar.
8:15 p.m. EDT Thursday: A Stanly County, N.C., emergency manager reports that multiple injuries have occurred as trees are downed on homes and mobile homes across the county. Shelters have opened to accommodate displaced residents. Albemarle, emergency manager cites, was hit hardest in the county.
7:37 p.m. EDT Thursday: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is within 20 miles of Atlanta, moving south toward the metro area. Click here for radar.
7:21 p.m. EDT Thursday: Numerous trees and power lines reported down across Richmond County, N.C.
7:00 p.m. EDT Thursday: "The heaviest thunderstorms have moved off the mid-Atlantic coast with just some lingering rain from southern New Jersey through the Delmarva Peninsula," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said. "The biggest concern through the remainder of the evening hours will be locally damaging wind gusts for the eastern third of North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and parts of northern Georgia and northern Alabama."
6:38 p.m. EDT Thursday: Significant flight delays are being reported from Charlotte Douglas, Philadelphia, Reagan, Atlanta, JFK, La Guardia, Washington Dulles and Newark airports due to thunderstorms.
5:37 p.m. EDT Thursday: Multiple reports of trees and utility lines down on cars and houses across Concord, N.C., as a result of thunderstorm winds.
5:20 p.m. EDT Thursday: Baseball-sized hail reported by trained spotter in St. Marys County, Md.
5:01 p.m. EDT Thursday: Widespread storm damage reported by emergency manager in Colonial Heights, Va. Numerous trees and electrical lines are downed. Most of the city is without power.
4:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: Maryland Department of Highways reports that Security Boulevard is flooded and closed at the Baltimore Beltway in Woodlawn.
4:21 p.m. EDT Thursday: According to NWS Baltimore/Washington, D.C., a tornado was confirmed near Columbia, Md., at 4:06 p.m. and was moving eastward at 50 miles per hour.
4:15 p.m. EDT Thursday: Flash flooding reported by an emergency manager in Ilion and South Ilion in Herkimer County, N.Y. Multiple roads closed due to flooding including Route 51. Sandbags are in place to prevent additional flooding.
3:50 p.m. EDT Thursday: A funnel cloud was observed by a trained spotter 2 miles east of Countryside, Va., at 3:31 p.m. EDT.
2:40 p.m. EDT Thursday: With large storms just east of Johnson City, Tenn., winds are gusting to an estimated 65 miles per hour. Click here for radar.
2:34 p.m. EDT Thursday: A trained spotter reported a funnel cloud reaching halfway to the ground near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Va.
1:40 p.m. EDT Thursday: As the second round of storms ramp up, a wind gust of 75 miles per hour was recorded outside of Dorton, Ky., as reported by the monitoring stations at Mesonet.
12:55 p.m. EDT Thursday: Up to 2 inches of rain have fallen in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. Street and lowland flooding have been reported by a trained spotter.
12:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Krissy Pydynowski, the severe storms are moving away from the mid-Atlantic and will take aim farther south. Flooding will remain a concern for New York and southern New England, but the damaging wind, blinding downpours and tornado threat will be more focused on Washington, D.C., North Carolina and Virginia this afternoon.
12:18 p.m. EDT Thursday: Multiple trees reported down from central Kentucky to along the West Virginia/Ohio border in the past hour.
11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday: Excessive flight delays are being reported out of Dulles, Reagan, La Guardia, Newark, Baltimore and Philadelphia airports due to thunderstorms.
11:04 a.m. EDT Thursday: At 9:50 a.m. this morning, lights were turned on in Gibbsboro, N.J., as dark green clouds made the sky look like dusk. Photo sent to us by Twitter user RobC_13:
10:44 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Washington, D.C., office of the NWS stated that two waterspouts were spotted just south/southeast of Annapolis.
10:30 a.m. EDT Thursday: An emergency manager reports that one person in Rising Sun, Md., has been injured by a lightning strike.
10:07 a.m. EDT Thursday: A 57-mile-per-hour wind gust was recorded by a trained spotter in Woodbury, N.J.
9:40 a.m. EDT Thursday: Emergency managers have sent multiple reports of trees downed across Frederick County, Md. In Carroll County, 4 miles west-southwest of Reese, hail as large as ping-pong balls have been reported by a trained spotter.
9:17 a.m. EDT Thursday: Webster County, W. Va., has received 1.54 inches of rain in under 2 hours.
8:40 a.m. EDT Thursday: The U.S. Open has suspended play in preparation of severe storms to arrive in Philadelphia. Related: Severe Storms, Rain Threaten US Open at Merion
8:20 a.m. EDT Thursday: A trained spotter in Frederick County, Md., reports quarter- to half-dollar-sized hail.
7:40 a.m. EDT Thursday: According to FlightStats, some airports are already reporting difficulties this morning. Flights are delayed coming out of LaGuardia, and the backup has already brought Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to a moderate level of delays. Newark is also high on the delayed list to start the day. Flight condition will only get worse as severe weather hits some of the country's biggest hubs, creating a ripple affect across other airports.
7:20 a.m. EDT Thursday: A 911 call center in Greensburg, Pa., reports that three houses sustained minor damage following a lightning strike. They also reported minor road flooding and multiple downed trees throughout the county. One tree fell on a home.
6:45 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reporting that accidents have led to lane restrictions on Route 309 northbound and I-83 northbound at North Exit 28 - PA 295.
6:30 a.m. EDT Thursday: Current radar over Pennsylvania:
6 a.m. EDT Thursday: Flooding is already being reported Westmoreland County, Pa., as heavy rain comes down.