Sunday, May 28, 2017

Severe Threat Continues Through Memorial Day in the East and South Following Saturday's Outbreak

May 28,2017
More severe thunderstorms are possible in parts of the East and South for the rest of the Memorial Day holiday weekend after one of the most expansive severe outbreaks of 2017 on Saturday.
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Current Radar, Watches and Warnings
Severe storms on Sunday produced a combination of funnel clouds, damaging wind gusts, large hail and flooding rain in parts of northern Indiana, northern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and southwestern New York.
The funnel cloud pictured in the tweet below was seen in North Manchester, Indiana, Sunday afternoon. This is roughly 35 miles west of Fort Wayne. No tornado touchdowns have been reported, however.
In Erie County, Pennsylvania, and Chautauqua County, New York, 2-inch diameter hail was reported Sunday evening.
Additionally, hail up to 3 inches in diameter was reported in Edwards County, Texas, Sunday afternoon, along with various instances of wind damage in other parts of south Texas.
We have highlights of some of the most noteworthy severe reports in our recap section below.
While not as big of a threat as Saturday, we are expecting some severe thunderstorms through Memorial Day. Let's lay out the forecast.
(MORE: Memorial Day Weekend Forecast)

Memorial Day

  • Where: A few strong to severe thunderstorms may develop from the Texas Gulf Coast to eastern North Carolina and the Virginia Tidewater.
  • Threats: Damaging wind gusts will be the main concern, but an isolated tornado and local flash flooding are also possible.
  • Cities: Houston | Raleigh
(INTERACTIVE: Your 7-Day Severe Weather Outlook)

Memorial Day's Thunderstorm Outlook
Flash flooding will also be a concern through Monday. Where bands or clusters of thunderstorms stall, 1 to 3 inches of rain may fall in the span of an hour or two, triggering local flash flooding in parts of the South, Midwest and East.

Storm Reports So Far

Saturday, May 27

Over 500 reports of severe weather were received by National Weather Service offices Saturday and Saturday night, from southeast Colorado and northeast New Mexico to Virginia and North Carolina.
This was the third largest number of reports for any 24-hour period so far in 2017, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
(NEWS: Latest Storm Damage, Impacts)
Preliminary severe weather reports from May 27, 2017. Note some thunderstorm wind damage reports may eventually be confirmed as tornadoes in subsequent NWS damage surveys.
Here are the state-by-state highlights of Saturday's severe weather outbreak.
Trees have been downed by straight-line winds according to numerous reports dotting central Missouri from Kansas City to Missouri's bootheel. Many powerlines were snapped. Tree damage was also reported in St. Louis.
More than 200 accounts of wind and hail damage were reported in a series of severe thunderstorms and squall lines.
An 80 mph wind gust was recorded in Salem, Missouri late Saturday afternoon as a squall line intensified.
A 72 mph wind gust was reported near Osage Beach, which is 40 miles southwest of Jefferson City, Missouri. A radar-confirmed tornado skipped along the ground through Laclede County, Missouri. Damage was confirmed by emergency managers near Phillipsburg or southwest of Lebanon. Radar also confirmed the presence of a tornado near Falcon.
Early Saturday afternoon softball size hail was reported near Adrian and Ballard, Missouri.
55-70 mph gusts were reported east of Carbondale in southern Illinois.
As a squall line drove through western Kentucky, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted across western and central portions of the state. Winds gusted as high as 70 mph.
One unoccupied house was blown off its foundation in Cerulean, Kentucky. Golf ball size hail was also reported in Cerulean.
A flash flood emergency was declared in Taylor and Casey counties. In Campbellsville, three water rescues were successful, but numerous roads were closed. Even a mudslide was reported.
Lightning struck a tree and dropped it into a house in Clay City.
Supercell thunderstorms popped during the evening hours, providing hail for communities in eastern and southern Oklahoma. Lone Grove, Oklahoma saw hail as large as tennis balls.
Sulphur, Oklahoma reported hail 2.25 inches in diameter.
In the Oklahoma panhandle, baseball-size hail broke numerous windows and lead to other property damage in the town of Hooker.
The Memphis metro area took it on the chin. Wind gusts up to 69 mph blew a satellite dish off the roof of the city's emergency management office and overturned a semi on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge crossing the Mississippi River.
Numerous trees were downed by high winds in several Tennessee Counties. Cars were crushed by fallen trees in the Knoxville metro area. Windows were also blown out and a chimney was blown off one Knox County home.
Richmond, Virginia received hail as large as eggs, and much of central Virginia saw scattered severe storms including damaging hail up to golf ball sized.

Friday, May 26

One batch of thunderstorms produced hail as large as 2.50 inches in diameter or the size of baseballs in central Illinois Friday afternoon and evening.
Vermilion County, Illinois was especially hard hit. A wind gust up to 70 mph was recorded near Bismarck, possibly to a tornado. Windshields in Hoopeston were broken by two inch or greater hail stones.
Numerous trees were downed or snapped according to reports in west-central Indiana. Several homes and cars were damaged by falling tree branches.
Wind-blown hail near Pine Bluffs, Wyoming was forceful enough to strip trees and mow down wheatfields.
Hail slightly larger than eggs fell near El Paso, Colorado on Friday evening.
Multiple brief tornadoes were seen in southern Wyoming and eastern Colorado, but no damage was reported.
MORE: Severe Weather, Flooding Hits the Southeast

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