Millions of people along the East Coast of the United States are at risk of severe weather on Saturday night including damaging winds, hail and possibly isolated tornadoes.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Interstate 95 from Baltimore to Raleigh, North Carolina at 6 p.m.
The severe weather can be traced back to a cold front that began in the Plains on Tuesday, along with storm surges that developed from the Midwest to Texas.
The storms killed at least three people in Cole, Oklahoma, as several tornadoes struck Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
Several tornadoes struck central Oklahoma, Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, and western Iowa.
Severe thunderstorm motion has been issued along Interstate 95 from Baltimore, Maryland to Raleigh, North Carolina
The severe weather was caused by a cold front that started with severe weather in the Plains on Tuesday, followed by storms that killed three people in the Midwest.
Skies began to darken Saturday afternoon as a series of storms approached the East Coast
A similar picture was in the sky over the nation’s capital in Washington, DC
There was heavy rain in Washington, D.C. as activists took part in an Earth Day rally
Participants in an Earth Day rally, “Ending the Age of Fossil Fuels,” return to Liberty Square during a rainstorm Saturday in Washington, DC.
Kent Reynolds removes debris from Wednesday’s tornado at his mother-in-law’s home Wednesday in Cole, Oklahoma
Power crews repair damage in Cole, Oklahoma. The National Weather Service began issuing tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms this evening for Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa.
Damage to homes and businesses can be seen on Wednesday
On Thursday, severe weather extended from Chicagoland into Texas, mainly causing significant wind and hail damage, with a brief tornado causing some damage near Tyler, Texas.
Severe thunderstorms are likely Saturday from the mid-Atlantic to Florida ahead of a cold front.
The threat of severe weather will diminish after the front moves offshore, which is expected to occur after sunset.
However, there is still a danger of hail, gusty winds and lonely tornadoes.
The Storm Prediction Center warns of possible hail up to an inch wide and gusty winds of up to 70 mph.
Severe thunderstorms will be possible in a line that stretches from Philadelphia into southeastern Pennsylvania, through Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia and all the way to North and South Carolina beaches. Central Texas is also in the firing line
From space, unsettled weather can clearly be seen lingering across the East Coast
Although the risk of tornadoes is much lower than in recent days, those living in the affected areas should be aware of the possibility of significant hail, damaging winds, and gusts of winds exceeding 60 mph.
Severe thunderstorms will be possible in a line that stretches from Philadelphia into southeastern Pennsylvania, through Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia and all the way to North and South Carolina beaches.
Central Texas, including areas west of I-35 on the Edwards Plateau such as Fredericksburg, Texas, may also experience very significant hail.
Although the risk of tornadoes is much lower than in recent days, those who live in affected areas should be aware of the possibility of significant hail, damaging winds, and gusts of winds exceeding 60 mph.
This will be mostly from the afternoon to evening hours. Large hail could be a threat and damaging winds would also be a possibility. So, let’s not be surprised if we see some hail associated with this storm. This includes North Carolina’s Outer Banks Weather Fox Meteorologist Stephen Morgan.