Severe Thunderstorms With Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain Target the Northeast Tuesday Evening

Chris Dolce
Published: October 24, 2017

Severe thunderstorms are possible Tuesday evening ahead of a strong cold front slicing through the Northeast, with damaging winds, a few tornadoes and torrential downpours possible.

Monday, there was a more-concentrated swath of severe thunderstorms from upstate South Carolina to the piedmont of North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

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For more on that severe weather, scroll down to our recap section below.

Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

A ribbon of strong winds just above the Earth's surface will ride in tandem with the cold front through the eastern states. Those winds could mix down to the Earth's surface in showers and thunderstorms resulting in bursts of strong winds that may cause damage in spots, even in areas where little or no lightning is present.

Rainfall may not last long in any one location, but it could fall heavily at times. This may cause flash flooding, particularly in urban and poor-drainage locations.

Here are the details on the forecast.

Tuesday Evening

  • Forecast: A squall line may advance from west to east through parts of the Northeast into the evening. The greatest threat of severe storms will be from northeast New Jersey to eastern New York and southern New England.
  • Threats: Damaging straight-line winds are the main concern, but a couple tornadoes are also possible. Torrential rainfall in a short amount of time could result in flash flooding in urban and poor-drainage locations.
  • Cities: Albany, New YorkNew York City

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Tuesday Evening's Thunderstorm Forecast

Rainfall Forecast

Much of the Northeast will see 1 to 3 inches of rain through Wednesday. Localized amounts of more than 3 inches are possible, and that may fall in a short amount of time.

Where the greatest threat of localized flooding will develop is a bit uncertain, but areas from eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey to eastern New York and New England are most at risk.

Rainfall Forecast Through Wednesday

Monday's Severe Recap: Carolinas, Virginia

There were at least three areas that reported tornadoes Monday.

Preliminary storm reports on Oct. 23, 2017. (Note: Some reports shown as wind damage may eventually be classified as tornado damage, once NWS damage surveys are completed.)

There were at least three reports of tornadoes in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Two homes were damaged on the northwest side of Woodruff, South Carolina.

Another one of those possible tornadoes brought down numerous large trees and power lines on the west and north sides of Spartanburg. Seven homes were reported to have damage near downtown Spartanburg.

Another likely tornado ripped the roof off a home just northwest of Gaffney, in Cherokee County, South Carolina.

At least one additional tornado appeared to have touched down on the west and north sides of Hickory, North Carolina, late Monday afternoon.

According to local media, 8 to 12 planes and two hangars were destroyed at Hickory Regional Airport, on the city's west side. 

Multiple structures were damaged in the town of Hildenbran, just west of Hickory. Homes were also damaged just north of Lake Hickory. 

A wall was damaged at the home stadium of the Hickory Crawdads minor league baseball team.

Teams from National Weather Service offices in Greer, South Carolina, and Blacksburg, Virginia, will inspect damaged areas Tuesday to determine the final number, intensity and paths of tornadoes.

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