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Ohio Storm 2012: Severe Weather Moves Across State

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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."

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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.
ALSO...BERLIN...SANTA FE...PETRA...POWERSVILLE...WOOLCUTT...
HITTVILLE...PARINA AND STONEWALL ARE NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STRONG
THUNDERSTORM.

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.

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@ severewarn : Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of the area in WV until 10:00pm EDT. #wvwx

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@ MayorMark : Danbury 10 year olds stopping game to take shelter. #Danbury

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@ 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

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@ CTDEMHS : FLOOD WATCH STILL IN EFFECT FOR HARTFORD, TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES

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@ wtaptelevision : Storms Shut Down Operations At Ohio State Fair: A powerful storm rolling through Ohio has shut down operations a... http://t.co/3c8gNSpm

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@ WxBeck : Thunderstorms are now spanning a line approximately ~2000 miles, from Texas, northeast to the bow moving into NYC. Impressive storm day.

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Storms have brought several inches of rain to Summit and Medina counties in Ohio, reports WKYC.

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@ TWCBreaking : A new #severe thunderstorm watch until 1am EDT for all of #Delaware, most of #Maryland, northern #Virginia, eastern #WV, and #DC

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@ Doppler10 : Another storm has popped up to the southwest of Marysville, Ohio. There's another one to the northwest. Follow... http://t.co/PxCQ06Y2

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@ nbc40weather : Severe thunderstorm watch for all of South Jersey now until 1am...included are Atlantic, Cumberland, Cape May, and Salem counties.

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@ EricFisherTWC : First Energy reporting nearly 100k customers without power in Pennsylvania alone. More to come around the region. #PAwx

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@ EricFisherTWC : From Bradford County: Massive reports of trees/branches with wires down but no reported structural damage. Lost one radio tower. #PAwx

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@ WSAZKari : Storm already hit my cousin's house up in northern Ohio. High winds!! Cable knocked out.

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@ usNWSgov : #Tornado impacts #Elmira, #NY, damaging the Arnot Mall and Elmira Country Club with people trapped in vehicles. #nywx

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Clouds move in over Geneva, Ohio, reports WKYC.

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@ severewarn : Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Vinton and Washington County in OH until 6:15pm EDT. #ohwx

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@ NYGovCuomo : Reports of significant damage in Elmira, possible tornadic activity, state assessment crews on the way #stormwatch

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@ mikeseidel : Per Chemung County, NY Emergency Management: Report of a Tornado Elmira Buildings Destroyed Houses on fire People trapped Unknown injuries

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@ breakingweather : 56,000 currently without power across Pennsylvania

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@ breakingweather : 23,000 customers are without power across the state of Ohio.

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@ breakingstorm : Report of storm damage to mall, country club in Elmira, New York - @usNWSgov

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@ usNWSgov : #Severe Tstorm Watch 524 in effect until 10pm EDT for portions of #IN, #KY #MD, #NY, #OH, #PA and #WV. http://t.co/kCPjwUtJ | #NWS #SPC

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