Severe Weather Possible Wednesday Evening/Thursday Across Region

Published 06/11 2013 03:09PM

Updated 06/11 2013 03:17PM

HAGERSTOWN, MD (WHAG) - After we just went through one severe weather event on Monday Evening with the potential for tornadoes, looks like we have another threat for severe weather on Wednesday Evening carrying into Thursday.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has placed the entire region in a Slight Risk for severe weather on Wednesday Evening and into Thursday in advance of a cold front approaching the region.

The primary threat with any storms or a complex of storms that move through the region would be damaging winds, with a chance of some storms producing large hail and potential for isolated tornadoes.

The Storm Prediction Center is also saying a widespread severe weather outbreak is possible across portions of the Ohio Valley on Wednesday Afternoon/Evening. We would also be watching to see if a complex of thunderstorms that develop over that area hold together long enough to have them track into our region.

We will also renew our threat for flash flooding with this time frame, as most of the area saw at least an inch to an inch and a half of rain on Monday, which means any rain that we do receive could run off quickly and cause some flooding issues.

Severe Weather Watches:

A watch means conditions are right for dangerous weather. In other words, a "watch" means watch out for what the weather could do, be ready to act.

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather including tornadoes, in and close to the watch area.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather including hail greater than 1" in diameter, and thunderstorm wind gusts above 74 MPH, in and close to the watch area.

For either kind of event, a watch means you should keep up with the weather and be ready to act.

Severe Weather Warnings:

A warning means that that the severe weather is imminent or will be occurring shortly.

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been detected by National Weather Service Doppler Radar or has been spotted by trained weather spotters. Take shelter immediately!

  • Move to the lowest floor of your house, such as a basement, and stay away from windows.
  • If a basement is not available, then move to the inner most portion of your house away from windows, such as a bathroom or closet. 
  • If time, take something such as a pillow, or other object to protect your head from flying debris.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means that a thunderstorm has been detected by National Weather Service Doppler Radar and/or one of the following severe weather reports has been received:

  • Thunderstorm wind gusts about 64 MPH
  • Hail greater than 1" in diameter (Severe thunderstorms can produce hail as big as baseballs or eggs...)

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