July 13, 2024
Blockbuster storm pounds central, eastern US; 300,000 without power
A major storm system slammed parts of the central and eastern U.S. on Tuesday as it moved across the country, destroying homes, toppling trees and causing widespread power outages.

About 78 million people were under severe weather advisories from the National Weather Service, which warned of flash floods, long-track tornadoes and baseball-size hail. Meteorologists said the Ohio and Tennessee valleys face the highest risk, especially throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Intense storm conditions may be felt as far south as the Gulf Coast and as far east as western portions of Virginia and the Carolinas, the weather service said.

More than 300,000 utility customers across West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and other states were without power as of Tuesday afternoon as winds as high as 92 mph battered the region, according to a database maintained by USA TODAY.

Several possible tornadoes flattened buildings, uprooted trees and snapped utility polls across a vast swath of the Midwest late Monday and Tuesday. Schools districts canceled classes, delayed their start or let students go home early.

Meanwhile, communities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois began to survey the wreckage while others still faced fierce conditions. Along with those in the Midwest, cities on the track of the storm include Nashville, Birmingham and Atlanta. Multiple crashes were also reported, including one in which two commercial vehicles overturned on an Indiana interstate and left several people injured.

The large system fueled storms that have had coast-to-coast impacts since the weekend, when damaging hail fell across the Midwest and heavy rain in Southern California led to the partial collapse of a major highway.

Thunderstorms to hit Northeast and Southeast

Throughout the week, the large storm system will bring showers and severe thunderstorms across the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Southeast, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service issued a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for Wednesday and Thursday, warning of frequent lightning, strong wind gusts, hail and "a few tornadoes," throughout both regions.

The major storm conditions in the southeast and mid-Atlantic are expected to subside by Friday, according to the weather service.

Heavy snow forecast in Midwest, Northeast

Heavy snow was forecast Tuesday across northern Illinois, much of Wisconsin and Michigan, the weather service reported.

At least 4 to 8 inches of snow was possible across these areas. The greatest chances of heavy snow was in eastern Wisconsin to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The same storm will also unleash snow throughout the Northeast, beginning Wednesday and lasting through Friday, the weather service said.

Significant amounts of snow are likely to fall over Upstate New York and northern New England. With gusty winds, there's a high likelihood that the storm will disrupt travel because of low visibility and slippery roads. The heavy snow and powerful wind gusts may also damage trees and impact infrastructure, the weather service said. (Source: USA Today)
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