Climate Change News
Published on May 15, 2018
MAPPED: Tornado WARNING issued for Massachusetts as storms batter Northeastern US
A TORNADO watch is in effect in parts of the US as dangerous storms threaten northeastern states. Thousands are without power in Pennsylvania, as a powerful storm swept through the region today.
The National Weather Service predicts severe thunderstorms with widespread damaging winds, scattered hail across parts of the Northeast and into northern Middle Atlantic.
According to accuweather the area most at risk for an “isolated tornado” extends from northeastern Pennsylvania to western Massachusetts and central Connecticut.
Residents are also warned to expect sporadic power outages and potential debris.
People around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania have been told to seek shelter immediately and remain there until storms have passed.
Accuweather reports nearly 132,000 people are without power across Pennsylvania as storms batter the state.
New York residents are also suffering power outages with 73,000 households reported without electricity.
More outages are expected as storms rage on, with hail the size of base-balls raining down across the northeast.
Residents are told to expect frequent lightning strikes, blinding downpours as well as isolated flash flooding.
On accuweather’s website they warn: “This is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. These storms are producing widespread wind damage across the Hudson Valley and Northeast New Jersey. SEEK SHELTER NOW inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows!”
Philladelphia residents recieved alerts to their smartphones warning them of the impending tornado.
Those flying in or too the states affected have been warned to check with their airlines for disruptions as storms continue to develop.
John F Kennedy Airport have warned that there may be disruptions for passengers.
In a tweet they have said arrivals can face delays of up to 3 hours and 46 minutes, whilst departures may face delays of between one hour and one hour 15 minutes due to the weather.
Today’s storms follow a long line of storms that produced damaging winds from central Ohio to eastern Virginia on Monday.