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High winds and hail in the Midwest Friday

5:52 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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A strong storm continued eastward through the Ohio Valley and off the Eastern Seaboard via the Mid-Atlantic Thursday morning.

This storm carried a significant amount of energy and moisture that led to heavy rain and strong thunderstorms for a large swath of the Mid-Atlantic into the southern Northeast. Many thunderstorms turned severe with hail, damaging wind gusts, flooding, and frequent cloud to ground lightning during the morning commute.

Downed trees and power outages were reported in areas of Delaware, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey. One person was struck by lightning just east of Rising Sun, Md. The storm system moved off the Mid-Atlantic coast by late Thursday morning.

By the afternoon, a second wave of strong to severe storms trekked east-southeast across Kentucky and West Virginia toward the Mid-Atlantic with the potential to generate hail, heavy rain, and damaging wind gusts.

The Storm Prediction Center issued a moderate risk of severe weather for southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina and a slight risk for the surrounding areas of the Mid-Atlantic into the Southeast due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms that may produce damaging wind, large hail, heavy rain, and tornadoes.

In the West, a Pacific Northwest storm brought rain and thunderstorms to the Northwest and Intermountain West as well as cooler air into the Great Basin and California. Areas from parts of the Front Range of the Rockies into the Northern and Central High Plains were at slight risk of severe storms with possible hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................102 Bennettsville, S.C.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................114 Shawnee, Okla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................24 Truckee-Tahoe, Calif.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................21 Truckee-Tahoe, Calif.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Roanoke, Va.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.93 Wilmington, Ohio

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1907, Tamarack, Calif., set a national low temperature record for the month of June when it recorded a temperature of -2 degrees. Additionally, the town received 42 inches of new snow from the 10th to the 13th to bring the ground cover to a depth of 130 inches.

The Associated Press

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