Dangerous, potentially damaging storms to threaten midwestern and northeastern US
Dangerous and potentially violent storms will ramp up over the Midwest on Friday and may threaten part of the eastern United States on Saturday.
The storms will pack enough punch to hinder travel for a time and disrupt some outdoor activities.
Flash flooding and sudden low visibility from the storms will be the greatest threats to motorists.
Airline delays may ramp up in some of the major Midwest hubs during Friday afternoon and evening. These include the cities of Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Detroit. The storms would not reach Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Nashville, Tennessee, until late Friday night.
There is the risk of the storms becoming intense enough to cause property damage, trigger power outages and threaten lives in a few communities.
“The strongest storms will produce powerful wind gusts and hail,” according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Knopick. “It is possible that a couple of the strongest storms produce an isolated tornado.”
People, including school officials, will need to monitor severe weather bulletins as they are issued especially for activities during the afternoon and evening hours.
Motorists and pedestrians should be alert for rapidly changing weather conditions. Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Seek shelter indoors as storms approach.
“The thunderstorms on Saturday will continue to pack a punch in terms of gusty winds, brief torrential rainfall and travel disruptions in the eastern part of the U.S. including the Interstate 81, 95 and 99 corridors,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.