Severe Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain Expected in the East Through This Evening meteorologists
Published: April 26, 2019

The threat of severe thunderstorms and localized flash flooding will spread across parts of the East on Friday as an area of low pressure tracks eastward.

Rain and thunderstorms will stretch from the Carolinas to the Northeast on Friday.

Current Radar

Small hail and gusty winds have been reported across eastern Virginia with these thunderstorms. Numerous trees were blown down by gusty winds early Friday afternoon in Lahore, Virginia.

Hail as large as one-inch in diameter was reported in Willington, Connecticut, mid-afternoon.

Hail up to ping pong ball size was reported near Sunbury, North Carolina midday Friday.

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A line of strong to severe thunderstorms will track through the mid-Atlantic into Friday evening. Damaging winds are expected, but a few tornadoes and large hail are also possible.

A few strong to severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out Friday as far south as South Carolina and as far north as central Pennsylvania. Damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes will be the primary concerns in these areas.

Friday's Thunderstorm Forecast

Storms will sweep eastward through the evening.

Plan your trip home accordingly and have location-based alerts turned on on your mobile devices in case severe weather comes your way this evening.

Locally heavy rainfall is also possible in the Northeast, especially in New England. Most areas will see less than 2 inches of rainfall but locally higher amounts are possible.

The flooding concern is greatest in parts of New England. Flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service for potions of northern and central New Hampshire and western Maine where rivers and streams are already running high due to recent rainfall and snowmelt and additional rainfall may lead to more flooding.

Storm Reports Earlier This Week

Thursday, April 25

An EF3 tornado tore through parts of Ruston, Louisiana, including the Louisiana Tech University campus, early Thursday morning.

Also early Thursday, a resident was trapped in their home due to a fallen tree near Marion, Louisiana, from an EF1 tornado. A few homes were damaged, and more than 100 trees were downed near Beekman, Louisiana, where a tornado may have touched down.

A possible tornado was also reported near Midway, Louisiana, where trees and power lines were downed early Thursday.

Thursday afternoon, a wind gust of 70 mph was reported by a fleet-boat captain on the Mississippi River near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, during a severe thunderstorm.

Two tornadoes have been confirmed so far in Indiana from storms that rolled through on Thursday.

Wednesday, April 24

An EF2 tornado damaged multiple buildings in San Augustine, Texas, late Wednesday.

Photos and video from Bryan/College Station, Texas, showed a brief tornado touchdown near Texas A&M University late Wednesday afternoon. At least four structures were damaged. There were unconfirmed reports of a possible injury in this area.

A funnel cloud was sighted near George West, Texas, which is located about 55 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, early Wednesday evening. Power poles were snapped just west of town, indicating the possibility of a tornado touchdown.

Tuesday, April 23

Thunderstorms pounded the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex late Tuesday night. At least three people were killed when their car was swept off the road early Wednesday morning in Erath County, Texas.

Flash flooding prompted water rescues in the suburb of Carrollton, and a wind gust of 63 mph was clocked at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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