Violent thudnerstorms are moving into the region.
If you haven't already tied down your patio furniture, you might want to do it now. Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Dave Bowers says we're going to get some damaging winds and violent thunderstorms Thursday. "These are going to be fast moving storms, and while it might not be a derecho, you are at least going to get some scattered reports of tree damage, power outages, and we may very well get some reports of tornadoes," said Bowers. "Everyone in the listening area should remain on alert. Often times you only get 10 to 20 minutes of leave time. So pay attention to the warnings and when one is issued, definitely seek proper cover," continued Bowers.
Wind gusts of 58 miles per hour or more are expected with this storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire region, beginning at 12 midnight and continuing through Thursday evening. The agency says thunderstorms expected to move across the area could produce heavy rainfall, with rainfall amounts in excess of one inch possible on Wednesday night, and an additional one to two inches on Thursday.
With the ground already saturated from previous rains, weather officials say an inch of rain an hour could produce flash flooding.