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Live: Storms Rip Across Ohio; Pennsylvania, New York Next

Severe thunderstorms packing damaging wind gusts, hail and torrential downpours were pushing eastward late Wednesday, aiming for the central and northern Appalachians.

The storms pose a significant risk to lives and property. A few of the strongest storms could also bring a tornado.

Some communities can be hit with power outages and road closures with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and 2 inches of rain in an hour's time.

States impacted by the storms into Wednesday night include, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee.


UPDATES: (All times are listed in EDT)

4:16 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Wind gusted to 71 mph at Port Columbus Airport, Ohio, recorded by NWS.

4:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A train was derailed by thunderstorm winds in Melbern, Ohio, southwest of Toledo, reported the emergency manager. Multiple power lines and trees also downed.

3:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Mesonet recorded a thunderstorm wind gust of 86 mph, northwest of Columbus, Ohio, in St. Marys.

2:35 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Possible tornado developing near Cleveland, Ohio.

2:19 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Trained spotter reported rotating wall cloud in Bedford Heights, Ohio.