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Severe Storms Possible From the South to Appalachians, Ohio Valley and Great Lakes Monday Evening
Published: June 24, 2019
Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible ahead of a frontal system Monday evening from portions of the South into the Appalachians, Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued the following severe weather watches:
-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 9 p.m. EDT for eastern Kentucky, southwestern North Carolina, southeastern Ohio, Middle and East Tennessee, southwestern Virginia and western and central West Virginia. This watch area includes Knoxville, Tennessee, and Charleston, West Virginia.
-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 10 p.m. EDT for eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. This watch area includes Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia.
-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 11 p.m. CDT for west-central Texas. This watch area includes Abilene and San Angelo.
-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 1 a.m. EDT for North Georgia, western North Carolina, western South Carolina, western Virginia and southern West Virginia. This watch area includes Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Roanoke, Virginia.
Current Radar, Watches and Warnings
Doppler radar suggested that a brief tornado may have touched down early Monday evening in the Charleston, West Virginia, area, about 7 p.m. EDT. There were some reports of damage in the Southridge area of Charleston from this likely tornado. National Weather Service-Charleston employees had to briefly take shelter in their office.
Flash flooding was reported in the San Antonio metro area late Monday afternoon, prompting several road closures in the city, according to the National Weather Service.
Early Monday morning, Doppler radar indicated that a brief tornado may have touched down just northwest of Jackson, Mississippi, about 3:47 a.m. CDT.
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Additional scattered severe thunderstorms are expected along a cold front as it moves slowly south and eastward Monday evening.
Damaging wind gusts and large hail are the main threats from any storms that turn severe from portions of the South into the Appalachians, Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. That said, an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.
Locally heavy rain could also trigger a few areas of flash flooding, especially where any thunderstorm clusters stall over the same area for a period of a few hours.
Monday Evening's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast
Recap of the Storms
Sunday, June 22
Up to 6 inches of rain fell Sunday in parts of Cherokee, Newton, McDonald and Jasper counties in southwestern Missouri, where serious flash flooding was observed. There were multiple reports of water rescues and washed-out roads, and some buildings were badly damaged or destroyed, according to the National Weather Service.
Flooding was also blamed in the death of at least one person. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a 64-year-old woman from Poteau, Oklahoma, died after her vehicle was swept into Sugar Loaf Creek early Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press.
Severe thunderstorms produced wind gusts over 60 mph in parts of the Louisville, Kentucky, metro area late Sunday afternoon and early Sunday evening. A gust to 64 mph was measured at Louisville International Airport. Power was knocked out for thousands of residents in the Louisville area.
Sunday evening, a tornado was spotted on the south side of South Bend, Indiana. Initial reports indicated significant damage to some structures on the city's south side. The National Weather Service assigned a rating of EF2 to the South Bend tornado.
Destructive thunderstorm winds roared through Derby, Kansas, early Sunday morning, downing trees and power poles. The National Weather Service surveyed the damage in the area and found evidence of 70- to 95-mph estimated winds.
Friday, June 21
On Friday evening, winds gusts between 90 and 95 mph were measured in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, and Sharon Springs, KS, which are about 35 miles apart.
Farther east, a line of thunderstorms tracked from eastern Nebraska and Kansas early Friday into Georgia and South Carolina by early Saturday leaving a trail of damaging winds. It appears that this this system reached the criteria for a being classified as a derecho, as it tracked close to 1,200 miles from very late Thursday into early Saturday with several gusts of at least 75 mph reported.
In Springfield, Tennessee winds gusted to an estimated 80 mph Friday evening and numerous trees and power lines were downed. In Nashville, tents were destroyed by the winds.
A double line of thunderstorms brought strong winds, with speeds up to 75 mph, to parts of Illinois and Missouri late Friday afternoon into the early evening. Trees were downed in portions of both states. A semi was overturned in western Kentucky, near Paducah, early Friday evening in strong winds and one death was reported when a trell fell on a man in his truck near Maynard, Kentucky.
Winds gusted to 70 mph in southwestern Kentucky Friday evening and caused multiple boats at the Kentucky Dam Marina to break loose.
Late Friday afternoon, a person was killed when a tree fell onto a car near Ullin Illinois and near Van Buren, MIssouri, one death and two injuries were reported when a tree fell on a boat.
Squall lines late Thursday night and Friday each produced high winds and wind damage across southern Nebraska, northern Kansas and Missouri.
A wind gust to 95 mph was measured near Oxford, Nebraska, around midnight. Winds gusting to 89 mph downed numerous trees in Norton, Kansas, and large trees blocked roads in Edison, Nebraska.
Wind gusts up to 74 mph downed tree limbs and trees in the Kansas City metro area.
Power lines were downed at a mobile home park in Monroe City, in northeast Missouri, late Friday morning.
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