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PA Storm 2012: Damaging Weather Threatens Pennsylvania

07/26/2012 04:34 pm ET | Updated Jul 27, 2012

Storms loomed over Pennsylvania on Thursday, as residents across the Northeast braced for damaging weather.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for specific regions in Pennsylvania, including Tioga and Jefferson counties. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Western and Central Pennsylvania, with one alert issued at 4pm EDT reading: "SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS!" The warning asked residents to report hail and damage to the National Weather Service by calling toll free: 1-877-633-6772.

WPXI News reported:

At 2:45 p.m. a long line of severe storms stretched from Bradford, Pa., southwest to Athens, Ohio, moving east-southeast at 35-35 mph. These storms will continue to come together and go through the area through late this afternoon. Another line of storms is possible later this evening behind the first line.

Public Safety Director Michael Huss warned, "Residents must use extreme caution, especially during their rush hour commute. Do not drive into flooded water, and look out for downed trees and power lines."

Roger Edwards, a meteorologist at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, told Bloomberg News, “We are confident that there are going to be many wind damage reports from southern New England back into Pennsylvania and Ohio ... It’s just a question of whether it’s organized enough that we can call it a derecho.”

07/26/2012 8:25 PM EDT

The View From The Ground

@ lheron :

Awesome (in the terrifying sense) #nyc #derecho storm photo by @isardasorensen: http://t.co/hDNHgopA cc @wsjweather

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.

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