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Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:59 AM

Severe Storms, Possible Derecho Forecast for U.S. Northeast [View all]

Source: Bloomberg

By Brian K. Sullivan - Jul 26, 2012 11:12 AM ET

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain, hail and possibly a derecho windstorm are expected to sweep out of the U.S. Midwest today and into New York City and the Northeast, forecasters said.

“The risk for widespread damaging winds will increase from midday to mid-afternoon from Indiana and Ohio across Pennsylvania, southeast New York, into western Massachusetts and Connecticut,” the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said in a severe weather outlook.

A derecho may form as the systems move east. One of the fast-moving systems struck the mid-Atlantic last month, leaving 4.3 million people without power from New Jersey to North Carolina as it unleashed winds of as much as 91 miles (146 kilometers) per hour, as powerful as a Category 1 hurricane. Twenty-four deaths were linked to the storm and its aftermath, according to the Associated Press.

The threat prompted New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to cancel events in Rochester and Syracuse and to go to New York City to help manage storm preparations, according to a statement from his office. The governor activated the State Emergency Operations Center and planned meetings with utility officials.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-26/severe-storms-possible-derecho-forecast-for-u-s-northeast.html

Looks like Michigan will be spared the severe storms but we sure could use the rain. Did receive a whopping .3in last night...

Stay safe all in way of these storms.

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