A powerful storm system that unleashed dozens of tornadoes across America’s heartland has made its way to the Northeast, wreaking havoc with gusty winds and several tornadoes on Saturday. Over 30 million residents from the Delmarva Peninsula to upstate New York were affected by Severe Thunderstorm Watches and a Tornado Watch. The FOX Forecast Center had warned of the potential for such weather due to the clash of air masses and instability.
The storm system, which originated in the Buckeye State, swept through the Interstate 95 Corridor, putting New York City in its path. In the early evening, Times Square visitors were forced to seek shelter as heavy rain and gusty winds battered the area.
The hardest-hit regions were south and west of the Tri-State area, with Sussex County, Delaware, experiencing at least one observed tornado. Local National Weather Service offices issued a dozen Tornado Warnings, including for areas in Delaware and near the Jersey Shore. In the aftermath of the storm, emergency management in Delaware reported downed trees and wires in Bridgeville, with at least one rescue operation underway.
Social media posts from the southwest and central parts of the state showed trees crushing homes and damaged roofs. The National Weather Service received multiple witness reports of dime-sized hail from southern Pennsylvania through Delaware, and a 98-mph wind gust was observed by a local weather reading site.
The confluence of storms and gusty winds associated with the frontal boundary led to nearly a million power outages in the eastern half of the United States. Communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania appeared to bear the brunt of the impact, according to PowerOutage.us. Columbus, Ohio, experienced winds gusting to 45 mph, while the nation’s capital saw gusts of over 30 mph outside of thunderstorms.
As the storm system continues to move through the Northeast, residents are urged to stay alert and follow local weather updates to ensure their safety during these severe weather conditions.