Much of Ohio was bracing for severe storms Thursday afternoon, as heavy winds and hail were expected to hit the Buckeye State.
WBNS-10TV reported that severe thunderstorm watches are in effect for central Ohio until 10PM tonight. They wrote, "Strong to severe storms will continue to develop this afternoon and evening ahead of a cold front. Our biggest concerns are for damaging winds and large hail, although we can’t rule out an isolated tornado."
According to the Columbus Dispatch, "A wind gust of 55 mph was recorded at the Delaware Municipal Airport, with reports of large hail elsewhere. Numerous trees were reported downed in Delaware."
They also note that, "the National Weather Service is not calling this storm a derecho."
Just before 5PM, the National Weather Service issued the following Special Weather Statement:
...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN BROWN...
BRACKEN...ROBERTSON...EASTERN PENDLETON AND MASON COUNTIES THROUGH
515 PM EDT...
AT 448 PM EDT...RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM NEAR NEAVE...
MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.
WIND GUSTS TO 50 MPH AND ONE HALF INCH DIAMETER HAIL ARE POSSIBLE
WITH THIS STORM.
SOME LOCATIONS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED INCLUDE...BROOKSVILLE...
WASHINGTON...MAYSVILLE...LEWISBURG AND ABERDEEN.
HITTVILLE...PARINA AND STONEWALL ARE NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STRONG
Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports:
“The risk for widespread damaging winds will increase from midday to mid-afternoon from Indiana and Ohio across Pennsylvania, southeast New York, into western Massachusetts and Connecticut,” the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said in a severe weather outlook.
This is a developing story...
07/26/2012 8:25 PM EDT
The View From The Ground
@ lheron :
07/26/2012 8:11 PM EDT
It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
@ BuzzFeedAndrew :
Lower Manhattan as seen from New Jersey. http://t.co/d7DRP2rW
07/26/2012 8:07 PM EDT
Derecho Hits New York City
@ AC360 :
#AC360 staff momentarily distracted by this outside our window: http://t.co/r063uSS9 NYC storm #Derecho
07/26/2012 7:10 PM EDT
West Virginia Thunderstorms Loom
@ severewarn :
Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of the area in WV until 10:00pm EDT. #wvwx
07/26/2012 6:59 PM EDT
Not Over Yet For Cleveland
@ wkycweather :
Forecast... Cleveland Weather: We aren't done yet http://t.co/GY1Z55YJ #Weather_Forecast #wkycweather
07/26/2012 6:49 PM EDT
Danbury, CT Mayor Reports Kids Take Shelter
@ MayorMark :
Danbury 10 year olds stopping game to take shelter. #Danbury
07/26/2012 6:39 PM EDT
'Awnings Up, Lawn Furniture In' For CT Residents
@ DarrenSweeney :
The bowing I'm seeing on the radar tells me some big, widespread wind is likely especially in SW CT,awnings up lawn furniture in! #ctweather
07/26/2012 6:36 PM EDT
Flood Watch Set For Connecticut
@ CTDEMHS :
FLOOD WATCH STILL IN EFFECT FOR HARTFORD, TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES
07/26/2012 6:25 PM EDT
State Fair Operations Shut Down
@ wtaptelevision :
Storms Shut Down Operations At Ohio State Fair: A powerful storm rolling through Ohio has shut down operations a... http://t.co/3c8gNSpm
07/26/2012 6:17 PM EDT
Storms Reportedly Moving East
@ WxBeck :
Thunderstorms are now spanning a line approximately ~2000 miles, from Texas, northeast to the bow moving into NYC. Impressive storm day.