Published June 28, 2013
Once again torrential downpours and locally severe thunderstorms have erupted over the eastern third of the nation.
Some locations were hit with flash and urban flooding, while others were affected by damaging wind gusts and hail Friday afternoon and evening.
The storms have the potential to impact some major population centers from Florida to Massachusetts.
East US Poised for Flooding Into July
7:23 p.m. EDT Friday: Ronald Reagan Washington National airport has picked up 2.69 inches of rain since 4 p.m., due to downpours and thunderstorms in the area.
6:35 p.m. EDT Friday: Thunderstorms with heavy rains and gusty winds remain active up and down the East coast. "Heavy storms are focused from far southern New Jersey over to the Washington, D.C. area," explains AccuWeather Meteorologist, Brian Edwards. Central North Carolina will have storms approaching Raleigh in the next hour. Farther down the coast, just south of Atlanta, Ga., is a "very intense cluster of heavy rains with thunderstorms," said Edwards.
5:42 p.m. EDT Friday: Almost all major airports on the East Coast are reporting excessive delays and cancellations due to thunderstorms. Today alone, Philadelphia International reported 61 cancellations and 228 delays on arrival flights. La Guardia airport cancelled 83 departure flights and delayed 175. Currently, flight delays are being reported at JFK and Boston International airports. Philadelphia, Newark, Teterboro, Ronald Reagan, La Guardia, Baltimore-Washington and Atlanta airports are all experiencing ground stops.
4:50 p.m. EDT Friday: Numerous roads are impassable in Lockport, N.Y., due to severe flooding, according to law enforcement.
4:20 p.m. EDT Friday: In Crescent Beach, Fla., near St. Augustine, federal sources reported a thunderstorm wind gust at 70 mph.
3:59 p.m. EDT Friday: Penny-sized hail fell at Reagan National Airport, Va.
3:35 p.m. EDT Friday: Thunderstorm winds gusted to 61 mph near Ramoth, Va., in Stafford County, according to an official NWS observation site.
3:21 p.m. EDT Friday: For the second afternoon in a row, State College, Pa., was hammered with torrential rainfall. The storm Friday brought marble-size hail.
2:30 p.m. EDT Friday: Offices flooded in Scottdale, Pa., near Pittsburgh, according to emergency management, due to heavy rain that fell in the city along with locally severe thunderstorms.
2:10 p.m. EDT Friday: Thunderstorms winds downed trees and power lines throughout Elmore County, Ala.
1:58 p.m. EDT Friday: Thunderstorms produced wind gusts 40-50mph in Selma, Ala., near Montgomery, reported by emergency management. The storms knocked down multiple trees and power lines throughout the city.
11:30 a.m. EDT Friday: Emergency management reported the evacuation of mobile homes due to flooding along the Bouquet River in Elizabethtown, N.Y.