Severe Thunderstorm Threat Lingers From Eastern Great Lakes to Mid-Atlantic on Sunday

weather.com meteorologists
Published: March 29, 2020

A cold front will push through the eastern states today with a threat of a few severe thunderstorms.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are ongoing this morning from parts of the Northeast into the South.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

The greatest chance of a few strong to severe thunderstorms through this afternoon is from the eastern Great Lakes into the mid-Atlantic region. Localized damaging wind gusts and hail are the main threats, but a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.


Sunday - Sunday Night Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

This storm system brought severe weather to the Midwest and mid-South on Saturday. There were 17 reports of tornadoes in five states, including northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

A tornado touched down near Amagon, Arkansas, and swiftly moved northeastward toward and near Jonesboro, Arkansas. The tornado, shown below, took roofs off of homes between Amagon and Algoa and downed power lines.

This tornado went from Amagon through Jonesboro. Several hangars were damaged at the Jonesboro airport and a wind gust of 74 mph was recorded. Severe damage, including flipped cars and damaged buildings, has been reported. There may be injuries. Some damage was reported at the Turtle Creek Mall. The tornado traveled on into Missouri's Bootheel near Cardwell.

(MORE: Widespread Tornado Damage Reported in Jonesboro

Tornadoes also caused power outages in Peoria and Oregon, Illinois, Saturday evening. Storms also produced sustained hurricane force winds in Ipava, Illinois, at around 8 p.m. CDT.

Minor damage was reported near Greenfield, Iowa, from a tornado Saturday afternoon.

Storms brought hail to portions of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon.

Some tennis ball size hail fell near Steubenville, Ohio, or just west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, mid-Saturday afternoon. The hail damaged cars and smashed windshields in far northern West Virginia.

Heavy rain flooded homes in far northern West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. A man was swept into a storm drain and killed near Herminie, Pennsylvania, located southeast of Pittsburgh.

High rainfall rates flooded the Quad Cities early Saturday morning, causing reports of closed roads and stranded cars in Moline, Illinois and three cars flooded up to their windows in Davenport, Iowa. Entry to the I-74 river bridge over the Mississippi River between Moline and Bettendorf was restricted overnight due to flooding.

Storms in this area have have been producing hail as large as softballs since early Friday afternoon when they were in northwestern Oklahoma. There were numerous reports of cars being damaged and their windshields being busted out in northeastern Oklahoma, including in Zena, Grove and Langley.

Baseball size hail was also seen in southern Missouri.

Hail about 4.5 inches in diameter or grapefruit size, was reported in Houston, Missouri, Friday evening.

Another strong thunderstorm brought large hail to Jefferson City, Missouri, and the far northwestern St. Louis suburbs. Hail in Jefferson City was as large as baseballs.

Thursday night into early Friday hail up to baseball size was reported in south Olathe, Kansas, and ping pong ball size hail fell in Holden, Missouri, and near Highland, Illinois.

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