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Weekly Wrap-Up: Severe Storms Unleash Tornadoes in Midwest, Northeast; Dangerous Heat Bakes Europe

Rounds of severe storms brought tornadoes to the Midwest and Northeast, while intense heat gripped parts of Europe this week.

Damaging storms tore through the Northeast on Tuesday. In Pennsylvania, storms toppled power lines and trees while also causing flooding. A state of emergency was declared in Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, after reports of high water and downed power lines.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Mount Holly, New Jersey, confirmed that straight-line wind damage was caused by a microburst in the area. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, the NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Chester County, near the town of Honey Brook.

Storm Chaser Captures Tornado Destruction in Lee's Summit, Missouri

Flooding rains caused travel problems in Houston, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, while in Festus, Missouri, one person drowned due to flash flooding on Wednesday.

Multiple tornadoes were confirmed in Missouri on Sunday and Wednesday. Damage was reported to homes and businesses in Lee's Summit, Missouri, Wednesday night, but there were no reports of injuries. Also on Wednesday, an EF-1 tornado uplifted a boat dock and sunk seven boats near the town of Warsaw.

The Pacific Northwest continued to face stifling heat this week, as triple-digit temperatures baked the region. Spokane, Washington, set an all-time June record high of 105 F on Sunday, breaking the previous record of 96 F set in 1896.

Dangerous heat continued to build throughout the week in western Europe, as areas from France to England experienced their hottest conditions of the summer. In London, the mercury reached 36.7 C (98 F) on Wednesday, a new all-time July high temperature record in the United Kingdom. Temperatures at Parc Montsouris in Paris reached 39.7 C (103 F), the second highest recorded in the city's history.

As play at Wimbledon got underway, nearly 100 spectators had to be treated for heat illness on Monday, as tournament officials decided to reduce the number of fans allowed into the venue due to heat.

Chan-hom formed in the western Pacific Ocean and is expected to make its way towards Guam this weekend, before targeting China and Japan next week. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Linfa formed east of the Philippines and is expected to take aim at the country into next week.

In Japan, Japanese officials raised the alert for Mount Hakone to Level 2 on Honshu, the country's main island, after volcanic ash was seen coming out of it. The Japanese Meteorological Agency referred to it as a "small-scale-eruption."

WATCH: Japan's Mount Hakone Spews Ash

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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