Yesterday’s Storms Were Beastly, More to Come…

Yesterday, the midwest, eastern plains and east coast were hit hard by a major outbreak of severe thunderstorms. We all know when severe weather strikes, minutes matter. With more time you can get you & your loved ones to safety, protect your valuable possessions and make intelligent important decisions.

Click to watch animation. Shows yesterdays' storm action. WeatherBug's DTAs are shown in purple. NWS warnings are shown in red and orange.

Click to watch animation. Shows yesterdays’ storm action. WeatherBug’s DTAs are shown in purple. NWS warnings are shown in red and orange.

There were a total of 229 local storm reports stemming from yesterdays’ weather events. Out of these 229, WeatherBug’s exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) gave an earlier warning than any other weather app 100 times and was the ONLY alert issued 25 times. To clarify:

  • WeatherBug’s DTAs gave faster warnings 44% of the time when compared to other weather apps such as The Weather Channel and AccuWeather.
  • WeatherBug’s DTAs were the only alert even issued 11% of the time.
  • WeatherBug’s DTAs gave an average of 40 minutes warning time. Compare that to the 22 minutes The Weather Channel and AccuWeather gave.

It is important to note that WeatherBug issues every alert The Weather Channel or AccuWeather issue on top of our life-saving DTAs. WeatherBug offers the best weather alerting solution. Period.

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And what’s the status of the storms now?

A slew of strong and severe thunderstorms continue to roll across the Mid-Atlantic and the central Ohio Valley this morning. Unfortunately, the East Coast will have to brace for yet another round of potentially destructive thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorology team

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorology team

Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in place from eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and western Virginia and across the Delaware Valley and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This includes Louisville and Lexington, Ky., Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia and Trenton and Atlantic City, N.J. The chief concern from the storms in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley will be destructive wind gusts nearing 70 mph, though a few storms could pack large hail up to golf balls and a very brief tornado spin-up. Hail up to half-dollar size was reported along the Maryland and Pennsylvania border northwest of Baltimore earlier this morning.

Credit: wxcasterphx via Flickr

Credit: wxcasterphx via Flickr

The storms will be capable of squeezing out a quick 1 to 3 inches of rain in a short amount of time. Such totals are likely to overwhelm streams, creeks, and rivers, as well as leave a heightened threat for urban and rural flooding from clogged storm drains. Flood and Flash Flood Watches are in effect from northern Illinois to eastern Massachusetts. If you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Credit: Lost Albatross via Flickr

Credit: Lost Albatross via Flickr

A second potent storm in the central Ohio Valley will cruise toward the Appalachian Spine and Atlantic Seaboard this afternoon and evening. Unfortunately, this will be the bearer of more bad news, with yet another wave of severe thunderstorms likely pushing across the Mid-Atlantic’s Interstate 95 corridor.

Credit: Rachel Sager via Flickr

Credit: Rachel Sager via Flickr

The threat is so substantial the government’s Storm Prediction Center has maintained a Moderate Risk for significant severe weather from southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey to southeastern Virginia today, including cities such as Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Dover, Del., and Richmond and Norfolk, Va. Here, destructive winds peaking at 80 mph, large hailstones reaching baseball size, and a few tornadoes will be possible. Even cities from Jackson, Miss., and Birmingham, Ala., to Philadelphia, those surrounding the elevated severe weather danger zone, may see a few potent thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

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