While most of the mid-Atlantic will welcome a sweep of drier air, the stage will be set for more thunderstorms to plague New England through Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) received over 200 reports of wind damage from New England to the mid-Atlantic as severe storms swept through at the start of the weekend.
According to a report from the SPC, about 20 people were injured around 1:20 p.m. EDT in Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania, when multiple camping tents were blown over, and over a dozen trees were downed amid strong winds. A large party tent was also knocked over. The report notes that most of the injuries were minor.
The severe weather had interrupted the Creations Festival Northeast, one of the largest Christian music festivals in the world, according to PennLive.
Stephen Meck, a spokesman for the festival, told the news organization that at least three people were sent to a nearby hospital after the severe weather had moved through the area. Video of the festival shows the wind threatening to blow away tents, billowing up dirt from the roads and people caught running for cover.
There had been a few head injuries, but he called them “non-life-threatening.”
A large thunderstorm loomed in the distance behind AccuWeather’s Headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AccuWeather Meteorologist Derek Witt)
Temperatures soaring into the 90s from Virginia to New York City helped to fuel the thunderstorms.
In the wake of the severe thunderstorms, there is still concern for another storm to spark heavy and gusty thunderstorms across parts of New England and southeastern New York to end the weekend.
“Some of the thunderstorms through Sunday afternoon can produce strong wind gusts, small hail and frequent lightning,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
“Anyone with outdoor plans will want to keep an eye to the sky and monitor the free AccuWeather app to know when thunderstorms are approaching,” according to Pydynowski.
As soon as thunder is heard, the risk of being struck by lightning is present.
Spottier thunderstorms may also disrupt outdoor plans in parts of the southern Appalachians and southern mid-Atlantic on Sunday afternoon.
Enough dry air may mix in to inhibit shower and thunderstorm activity in parts of the eastern Great Lakes and the central Appalachians.
“While it can still be very warm, the dry air should also make for a rain-free end to the weekend in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.,” according to Pydynowski.
This will help communities that were hit with tree and power line damage on Saturday begin cleanup efforts.
A drier start to July will follow on Monday.
During the first week of July, temperatures will gradually trend upward with highs in the 80s and 90s to be common over the region.
Following a southward dip this weekend, the jet stream will lift northward this week.
Much of the nation can expect typical summer conditions in the days surrounding the Fourth of July.
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