Severe Thunderstorms and More Heavy Rain Will Persist in Parts of Plains, Midwest and East

Linda Lam
Published: August 8, 2019

Severe thunderstorms will flare up once again Thursday in parts of the Northeast while flooding rain remains the prime concern in parts of the central Plains and Ozarks.

Happening Now

A band of thunderstorms is currently pushing through the interior Northeast with damaging winds and large hail potential.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued the following severe weather watches:

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 8 p.m. EDT for southern Pennsylvania.

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 12 a.m. EDT for western and central Connecticut, western Massachusetts, northern New Jersey, southeastern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania and southern Vermont. This watch area includes Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts.


Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected to flare up Thursday evening in the interior Northeast from Vermont to parts of the middle Appalachians.

Damaging thunderstorm winds, hail, and heavy rain are the main threats with these storms.

A few severe thunderstorms with large hail and strong thunderstorm wind gusts are also possible Thursday from the Ozarks westward into the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles and the High Plains of northeast New Mexico, eastern Colorado, eastern Wyoming, western Nebraska and western South Dakota.


Thursday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Heavy Rain, Flood Concerns

Periods of locally heavy rain will continue through Friday night in parts of the Plains and Ozarks.

NOAA's Weather Prediction Center has parts of southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas in a moderate risk of excessive rain through Friday morning.

An area from northern Kansas to the Ozarks is expected to receive another 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, with locally higher amounts likely.

The flash flooding potential grows if thunderstorms stall or repeated rounds of thunderstorms develop over the same area.


Rainfall Forecast

Heavy rain prompted flooding last week in portions of eastern Kansas, where several spots picked up more than 8 inches and a couple of areas saw more than 10 inches of rainfall. This area of the central U.S. is experiencing one of the wettest years on record, and the ground remains saturated in many locations.

As a result, much of this area could see flash flooding with less than 4 inches of rainfall in six hours.

Storm Recap

Flash flooding was reported in Boston, Hartford, parts of the New York City Tri-State area, and the Philadelphia metro area Wednesday.

(MORE: Flooding Prompts Water Rescues in the Northeast

Eighteen homes were evacuated along Pantreading Creek in the Philly suburb of Ardmore. Flooding was reported on stretches of Interstates 76 and 476, and at least 11 water rescues were performed in the Philly metro area Wednesday.

In northern New Jersey, cars were stranded by flooding on Raymond Avenue near Newark-Liberty Airport Wednesday. Rescues from stranded vehicles were performed in Avenel and Tewksbury Township.

Over 200 reports of severe weather were received by National Weather Service offices from Wednesday's severe thunderstorms, primarily in the Northeast and western Great Lakes.

A brief EF0 tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon in Springfield, New Jersey.

Once again, destructive thunderstorm winds hammered parts of northeast Wisconsin. Numerous trees were downed in Shawano County, west-northwest of Green Bay.

Reports of tornadoes (red dots), strong thunderstorm winds, thunderstorm wind damage and large hail received by the National Weather Service on August 7, 2019.
(Data: NOAA/NWS/SPC)

A wind gust up to 87 mph was measured at the Grand Island Airport in Nebraska early Wednesday and widespread tree damage and power outages were reported. Buildings were damaged in Glenvil, Nebraska, where winds were estimated to be about 80 mph.

A lumber yard was destroyed and buildings, including a school were damaged in Burke, South Dakota, overnight into early Wednesday. A National Weather Service damage survey found EF1 tornado damage

In northern Kansas, numerous roads were flooded and vehicles stalled Thursday morning in Salina, about 80 miles north-northwest of Wichita, where 6 inches of rain was recorded.

Numerous roads were flooded in the city of Goodland after midnight, some with knee-deep water. Road flooding was also reported in the towns of Brewster, Hill City and Rexford early Thursday.

In southeast Kansas, rising water prompted a rescue from a home near Cherryvale, about 100 miles east-southeast of Wichita, Thursday morning. Roads were also reported flooded in parts of Allen, Labette and Wilson Counties.


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