Tornadoes, hundreds of thousands of power outages and three fatalities were reported on Tuesday as a destructive line of storms blasted through the northeast, leaving many in the dark and several thousand cleaning up from the mess.
Tornado touchdowns were confirmed just south of Cleveland early this afternoon and another possible tornado in Peterboro, NY (near Syracuse) reportedly killed three people as well, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY.
Over 400,000 power outages spreading from Ohio to Maryland and New Jersey made this an unusually widespread severe event, perhaps one that will be remembered for years to come. A strong cold front combined with a jet streak made this a particularly ferocious event, downing trees and power lines in a several hundred mile stretch along the east coast. Strong winds were the primary damage-inducer with this storm system, with straight-line winds likely in the 80-90 MPH range in some spots and widespread 60-70 MPH winds across a densely-populated portion of the country.
We’ll see this cold front slowly progress eastward, sparing the I-95 corridor mostly tomorrow (Boston may see an early storm, however), concentrating the worst of its energy from Raleigh north to Richmond, Virginia and the DelMarVa peninsula. Stay safe and stay weather aware- and as always, we’ll have all the latest for you on WeatherNation.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi