Strong to severe storms are possible this eveing

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight. Primary risks will be localized strong damaging wind gusts, hail, along with heavy rain/poor drainage street flooding.

"The risk of severe weather is lower in southeastern CT, but it can't be ruled out", Meteorologist Scot Haney said. We may have a few additional showers and storms around sunrise across northeast Oklahoma, but the overall coverage should remain low.

Tuesday is expected to be partly sunny and windy with a high near 90, the weather service said. Weak high pressure building to the north should allow for a cooler, less humid day. The watch is valid through 9 p.m.

Many residents were without power for a couple of days in the area. Highs could reach the 70s and lower-80s inland, but only the mid-60s near the lake, according to the weather service. They have also issued an Enhanced Risk for severe storms throughout the Poconos. This will set us up for a flow of tropical moisture to move up the coast into New England that will possibly bring rounds of soaking rains on Saturday.

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A Tornado Watch that was earlier issued for Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wayne counties until 8 p.m. Tuesday has been canceled.

"Warnings are usually, for severe thunderstorms anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, same thing for tornado warnings, 15 to 30 minutes", Said Nicosia, when a warning is issued you need to take action.

Many other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania - including Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties - are under a severe thunderstorm watch, which means thunderstorms are possible in that area, but not necessarily imminent.

A large complex of showers and thunderstorms originating over MI will move southeast across the area through early this afternoon. Torrential rain could cause flooding in low-lying areas. Southwest wind becoming northwest at 4 to 9 miles per hour.

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