Severe Thunderstorms with Damaging Winds Will Move Through the Mid-Atlantic Saturday Evening

Brian Donegan
Published: July 8, 2017

Severe thunderstorms are likely in portions of the Mid-Atlantic Saturday Evening, possibly featuring damaging straight-line winds and hail.

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Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Heavy rainfall in southern New Hampshire led to flooding in Keene, including a flooded basement at the City Hall.

Significant damage to three buildings occurred following strong winds in Barre, Vermont Saturday afternoon, and one roof was destroyed. Numerous trees down in the vicinity, too.

Trees were pushed over onto route 102 near Chester, New Hampshire by strong thunderstorms that swept through the region early Saturday afternoon.  

Numerous trees were blown over in parts of southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts.

Minor tree damage was also reported in southern Maine. 

Early Saturday morning, thunderstorms moved through parts of Upstate New York with strong winds. Numerous trees and wires were reported down and uprooted trees caused Route 11 to be closed in Hastings, New York. All lanes on Route 183 in Williamstown, New York were also closed early Saturday due to downed trees. 

Below is our latest forecast thinking on the timing and magnitude of the severe threats.

Severe Weather Forecast

Saturday Evening

  • Forecast: A few severe storms are possible in parts of North Carolina and Virginia.  A few strong to locally severe thunderstorms are possible this evening in parts of New England.
  • Threats: Damaging wind gusts are the main threat, but hail cannot be ruled out. Locally heavy rain may lead to flash flooding in some areas, as well.
  • Cities: Boston | Concord, New Hampshire | Portland, Maine | Raleigh, North Carolina

Saturday's Thunderstorm Forecast

Friday's Storm Reports

A pair of squall lines pushed through parts of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia with strong winds Friday afternoon into the evening. Many reports of tree damage came in from these states, but in many cases, the trees were weakened by heavy rainfall over the last week or so. Some power lines were also taken down. 

A roof was blown off in Fayetteville, Ohio along with 5-6 trees that were downed.  

Storm reports on July 7th, 2017.

Flooding became an issue for residents in northern and central Indiana Friday afternoon. Widespread flooding was reported in the southwestern portion of Marshall County, especially near Lake Maxinkuckee. Two to five inches of rain was reported in the northern half of the state. 

Early Friday morning, a man died when a large tree fell on a home in Grand Haven, Michigan. A wind gust of 91 mph was measured just west of Grand Haven. Numerous trees and power lines were downed from near Muskegon, Michigan to south of Lansing.

Thursday's Storm Reports

The town of Trempealeau, Wisconsin was hammered Thursday evening by very large hail. Windshields and windows were smashed by hail as large as 3.5 inches in diameter, or larger than tea cups. 

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Large hail was reported elsewhere across western Wisconsin, including a report of tennis ball size hail near Centerville, Wisconsin and two-inch hail near Marshland, Wisconsin.

Severe storms produced widespread tree damage in Ogemaw County, Michigan, southwest of Alpena, Thursday afternoon. Power lines were also downed on the south side of Clear Lake, according to county law enforcement.

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