Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 pm

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 pm

Violent super cell storms produced damaging hail and reports of funnel clouds and a tornado (Sullivan County) Tuesday afternoon.

Currently, notes that the chance for rain later today in Boston is at 90 percent, so even if the severe thunderstorms don't start up, residents should still prepare for showers. The watch is in effect until 11 p.m.

As of 8:30 p.m., the severe thunderstorm warnings for the Richmond area have expired as the leading edge of the storm races off to the east and southeast.

They have also issued an Enhanced Risk for severe storms throughout the Poconos.

On May 4, the air over the area was fairly warm and moist, with winds going all different speeds and directions - ingredients that meteorologists look for during thunderstorms, he said.

These storms are also bringing the chance for localized flash flooding.

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The severe threat will likely pass by about 9 p.m.

As of 8 p.m. ET, 496,777 customers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and CT had lost electricity.

A "watch" serves as a formal "heads up" that conditions are ripe for severe weather to occur.

Unlike run-of-the-mill wind damage, tornadoes have "a distinct path, which this one had", Jensenius said. Most severe weather is expected to be concentrated along and west of USA 75.

"In addition, locally heavy rainfall is possible with any stronger convection".

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of around 80 degrees. Portions of the storm riding north of the boundary can still generate thundery weather, with heavy rain, but much weaker wind gusts.

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