Severe weather outbreak from US Midwest to Mid-Atlantic, powerful storms sweep through Illinois

Severe weather outbreak from US Midwest to Mid-Atlantic, powerful storms sweep through Illinois

A severe weather outbreak is currently in progress from the US Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic. After ripping through Illinois on June 22 and 23, strong storms will continue impacting portions of the Midwest and Ohio River Valley before quickly spreading towards the Mid-Atlantic. On Thursday, June 23, the primary threat with these storms will be damaging winds, but large hail and even an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Two rounds of storms have hit the US Midwest on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, bringing strong winds, large hail, and tornadoes. Hail the size of golf balls was reported in North Dakoda before the storms moved into Chicago area, canceling 140 flights around 12:00 CTD. By the end of the day, more than 400 flights were canceled.

Overview for June 22, 2016, and June 23 forecast

Storm chaser Scott Peake was driving near a tornado in the town of Earlville, Illinois when the twister whipped some debris back into his windshield, CBS Chicago reports. The event was captured on one of his cameras:

Scott Peake speaking to CBS Chicago

Around 01:30 UTC on June 23 (20:30 CDT, June 22), a large cone tornado moved into the town of Pontiac, Illinois. Power flashes were reported before much of the town lost power. Storm chasers reported mobile homes destroyed at a trailer park. The Weather Channel said it is unknown, at this time, if there were any injuries, but people were reportedly trapped. Fire officials reported a gas station canopy fell onto a semi truck near Interstate 55.

Frequent power flashes, Pontiac, IL - June 2016.

There were unconfirmed tornadoes near the Illinois towns of La Moille, Manlius, Leland, Troy Grove and Sheridan.

Video credit Dan Robinson

Forecast

Strong storms will continue impacting portions of the Midwest and Ohio River Valley before quickly spreading towards the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, June 23. The primary threat with these storms will be damaging winds, but large hail and even an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, NWS said.

Convective outlook valid: 12:00 UTC on June 22 - 12:00 UTC on June 23. Credit: NWS

Convective outlook valid 12:00 UTC on June 23 - 12:00 UTC on June 24. Credit: NWS

Scattered storms capable of damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are expected. Particularly across the Mid-Ohio Valley and into West Virginia.

The risk for isolated hail and locally damaging wins is also apparent over portions of the Eastern Colorado vicinity. A more isolated risk for hail and locally damaging wind gusts are possible over the remainder of the High Plains, from Eastern Montana to Eastern New Mexico, and eastward across Kansas and into the Ozarks.

Featured image: Power flashes were reported at Pontiac, Illinois late June 22 (local time).

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