Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, June 13, 2013.
A strong storm continued eastward through the Ohio Valley and off the Eastern Seaboard via the Mid-Atlantic Thursday morning. This storm carried a significant amount of energy and moisture that led to heavy rain and strong thunderstorms for a large swath of the the Mid-Atlantic into the southern Northeast. Many thunderstorms turned severe with hail, damaging wind gusts, flooding, and frequent cloud to ground lightning during the morning commute. Downed trees and power outages were reported in areas of Delaware, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey. One person was struck by lightning just east of Rising Sun, MD. The storm system moved off the Mid-Atlantic coast by late Thursday morning.
By the afternoon, a second wave of strong to severe storms trekked east-southeast across Kentucky and West Virginia toward the Mid-Atlantic with the potential to generate hail, heavy rain, and damaging wind gusts. The Storm Prediction Center issued a moderate risk of severe weather for southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina and a slight risk for the surrounding areas of the Mid-Atlantic into the Southeast due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms that may produce damaging wind, large hail, heavy rain, and tornadoes.
In the West, a Pacific Northwest storm brought rain and thunderstorms to the Northwest and Intermountain West as well as cooler air into the Great Basin and California. Areas from parts of the Front Range of the Rockies into the Northern and Central High Plains were at slight risk of severe storms with possible hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 24 degrees at Truckee-Tahoe, Calif. to a midday high of 102 degrees at Bennettsville, S.C.