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Severe Thunderstorms Move Through Northeast

By: Shaun Tanner , 6:13 PM GMT on May 29, 2012

A fairly strong cold front draped itself from the Mississippi Valley through the Northeast Tuesday, causing multiple pronounced effects.

First, the cold front itself is triggering very strong severe thunderstorms from Kentucky through New York.

A look at the severe map will show you were the strongest of these thunderstorms are currently. You can see much of the Northeast is blanketed with Severe Thunderstorm Watches, while Vermont and adjacent areas of New York and Massachusetts are under Tornado Watches. In addition, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings also dot the area from Pennsylvania through Vermont.

This long line of thunderstorms is moving very slowly northeastward so it would be wise for residents to monitor its motion.

The bottom line is that any of these severe thunderstorms will have the capability of producing heavy rain, strong wind gusts greater than 50 mph, large hail up to or greater than 3/4 inch, and even a tornado. Residents throughout the Northeast should monitor their local weather conditions and be prepared to take precaution to protect life and property. As always, we will be covering any tornadic activity via our website and our Twitter account.

Second second affect the cold front is having is the cooler that it is bringing down from Canada. The Ohio Valley warmed into the 90s over the weekend and Memorial Day, yet is currently experiencing temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Even more dramatic is Minnesota where temperatures are only in the 40s and 50s in the afternoon.

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1. jerseycityjoan
10:51 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
Watch out, NYC area residents! Wall of storms approaching from PA will be here around 8PM!

6:39P Update for New York City Area:

"...for a line of thunderstorms ... then towards NYC by around 8 PM. Main concern with this line will be strong winds in the 40 to 50 miles per hour range...with localized 60+ miles per hour gusts. The wind potential will increase in any areas of the line exhibiting a bowing structure. In addition...any isolated discrete rotating cells will have the potential for damaging wind and large hail."

Thanks for the warning post, Shaun.
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