SEVERE WEATHER: Derecho, Violent Severe Weather Targets Midwest

By: hurricaneben , 10:15 PM GMT on June 12, 2013

A 'high' risk of severe weather has been declared by the SPC for Northern Indiana, Northern Illinois and western Ohio late this afternoon and tonight due to an imminent outbreak of severe weather. This is the first 'high' risk of severe weather in 2013--this should be looked at a serious threat as the area most affected by the severe weather outbreak is fairly densely populated and includes Chicago and its suburbs. A derecho type event with widespread damaging winds is the most likely outcome with very large hail and a few strong tornadoes cannot be ruled out either. Eastern Iowa, Southwest Michigan, Southern Wisconsin and most of the rest of Indiana and Illinois are under a 'moderate' risk with damaging winds and very large hail likely there also. As of 6 PM, there were 6 tornado reports--most of the damage has been very minor, some downed power line and a gas leak was associated with a tornado near Belmond, Iowa. No injuries or deaths have been reported as of yet but the real bulk of the severe weather is starting now and should increase into the early evening hours. Tomorrow, there's a moderate risk of severe weather for the highly populated Mid-Atlantic/Northeast including Philadelphia, DC and Baltimore with damaging to destructive winds possible so stay safe.

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