National Weather Service Update: Derecho Fails To Form, Millions Spared [REPORT]
Meteorologists forecast a massive derecho stretching for 240 miles that will threaten the Midwest and the East Coast this week with severe winds, heavy rain, and even tornadoes. Initially, the derecho was expected to affect nearly 64 million people across 10 states.
Oklahoma's National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center chief Bill Bunting said: "It's a pretty high threat. We don't want to scare people, but we want them to be aware."
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According to the latest reports from the LA Times, the widespread weather event is realized to be less severe than originally predicted.
While forecasters saw it fit to downgrade the storm system from a derecho, winds of up to 70 mph continue to travel along the Mid-Atlantic. According to the National Weather Service, flash flooding and thunderstorm warnings remain.
"The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms on Thursday for parts of the Mid-Atlantic, with a slight risk area from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast states," explained the weather service. "Significant wind damage expected, along with the possibility of large hail and a few tornadoes. Heavy rainfall will also accompany the system."
While the impact is expected to be smaller, areas of Washington, Philadelphia, and New Jersey are expected to receive strong weather conditions later on Thursday.
Emergency officials monitoring the storm in New Jersey announced that much of the state is under flood watch. Up to 2 inches of rain is expected to fall over swollen waterways.
Beyond flooding, hail, strong winds and thunderstorms risk property damage and power outages for affected areas. Thunderstorms and high winds are expected to strike northern Illinois as well as rural areas just south of Chicago.
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