By Brian Lada
The threat for severe weather will continue to trend north and east on Wednesday, reaching the shores of Lake Erie, to much of the mid-Atlantic and on to the Carolina Coast.
Much of the East is expected to see showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, threatening outdoor activities from New York all the way to the Gulf Coast.
However, severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts, hail and flooding downpours will only focus on a portion of this area.
Cities that could be impacted by these severe storms include Pittsburgh, Altoona and Erie, Pennsylvania; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Charleston, West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Richmond and Roanoke, Virginia; Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and Fayetteville, North Carolina; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; and Augusta, Georgia.
“The bulk of the rainfall will occur, but will not be limited to the afternoon and evening hours, when the greatest chance for a locally strong thunderstorm is also likely.” said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
This means that the worst of the storms could move through some of the bigger travel hubs in the area during the Wednesday evening commute.
According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, “A small number of the strongest storms could produce a brief tornado.”
Several baseball games set to be held across the region on Wednesday evening may face delays as frequent lightning from thunderstorms can make it dangerous for players to be on the field and for fans to sit in the stands.
Localized power outages are also a possibility as winds from storms can blow over power lines and bring down large tree limbs.
Although the threat of severe weather will decrease throughout Wednesday night, showers and thunderstorms will remain across much of the East.
More unsettled weather is in store from New York City to Atlanta through the rest of the week with showers and thunderstorms remaining over the region.
Thursday and Friday could also yield more severe weather with the primary threats remaining gusty winds and torrential downpours.
Be sure to check back with AccuWeather.com for more on the severe weather potential in the East later in the week.
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