The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center is monitoring what is likely to become another severe weather day for parts of the central and eastern United States. Thunderstorms capable of damaging wind gusts and hail are expected today across parts of the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley area, Mid-Atlantic and central to northern Appalachians. Marginally severe wind gusts will be possible in parts of the lower to mid Mississippi Valley this afternoon. Marginally severe hail will be possible in parts of the southern High Plains late tonight.
The greatest severe weather threat from all of these storms will be damaging wind gusts moreso than hail or tornadoes. Winds could gust greater than 50mph when storms develop this afternoon; such winds could knock-down trees and/or wires. Before storms develop, residents living in areas where severe weather is possible should secure any outdoor objects such as toys, decorations, patio sets, and garbage cans.
For today, the best chance of severe weather will exist over much of Michigan, eastern Illinois, Indiana, western Ohio, much of Pennsylvania, western New Jersey, northern Virginia, eastern West Virginia, and western and central upstate New York.