Downed trees and power lines have been reported in numerous communities across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Powerful thunderstorms continue through this evening and possibly until the wee hours of Thursday morning. Scroll down to read additional forecast information. Let's quickly recap some of the storm reports that have been posted, so far today, on social media.
Video embedded above: Fierce wind is seen blowing from right to left, in the camera's view, as a distant trampoline blows across a field in the same direction. Video credit: Alana Nehring.
Video embedded above: A large tree was blown down in Indiana after severe thunderstorms raced through Wednesday. Video credit: @thebilski
Pictures embedded above: Damaging straight-line winds toppled part of a brick theater and performing arts center in northern Ohio. Photo credit: @cityofsandusky
Here are the top wind reports (by state) as of 7:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday:
- 80 mph in Converse, IN
- 77 mph in Winchester, KY
- 76 mph in Marblehead, OH
- 75 mph in Grandville, MI
All of the wind gusts listed above are considered severe. A severe thunderstorm contains winds of 58 mph or stronger and/or 1"+ diameter hail.
Here are the top hail reports (by state, in diameter) as of 7:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday:
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- Brian, OH: 2"
- Sauk Village, IL: 2"
- Amboy, IN: 1.75"
- Webster, PA: 1.50"
- Merton, WI: 1.00"
- Detroit, MI: 1.00"
The severe thunderstorm potential will continue through this evening (Wednesday) with multiple rounds of storms being possible. The individual thunderstorms will move to the north-northeast between 40-50 mph in their forward momentum, while carrying potential wind gusts of up to 75 mph at the surface. Click/tap on the related story link above for more forecast information. If you're in the path of these storms, secure outdoor property and remain inside, away from windows as the weather passes.