Wednesday 12:30 pm
Here’s something we’re familiar with- a derecho.
Meteorologists are warning of the threat of a derecho affecting as many as 10 states late today and possibly the nation’s capital- our area is NOT included.
We know first-hand the damage these strong straight line storms can produce. Thomas Road Baptist Church opened its large facilities as a shelter when thousands lost power after a derecho hit our area nearly one year ago.
Again, today’s derecho threat is NOT expected to affect our area; the line is expected to move from Iowa towards Maryland and looks to be more of a problem in parts of Indiana and Ohio right now. Fox News reported that “How much of a bowing shape the thunderstorms can take on will play a role in determining how much wind the storms can produce, and ultimately, whether or not a "derecho" fully evolves.”
Jeff Masters from Weather Underground told the Associated Press that today "might be the worst severe weather outbreak for that part of the country for the year." Bill Bunting with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said, "It's a pretty high threat. The storms are likely to generate tornadoes, cause power outages, and produce large hail and dangerous lightning. We don't want to scare people, but we want them to be aware."
Strong storms are forecast into Maryland where Baltimore residents are still discussing Monday’s storms that spawned three tornadoes. The National Weather Service confirmed F-0 tornadoes in the Fork area of Baltimore County, Locust Point in South Baltimore and Coltons Point in St. Mary’s County. EF-0 tornadoes winds are 65-80 mph.
We could experience a strong thunderstom locally, but NOT a derecho. Stay tuned to Country 1079 for the latest forecast from the weather experts at ABC 13.