Severe Weather in Mid-Atlantic Amid Tropical Storm Threat for East Coast

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Severe thunderstorms bring the potential of flooding rain, small hail, and damaging winds across the mid-Atlantic on Monday into Tuesday, while the NWS issued a tropical storm warning for the East, and a disturbance in the Gulf.

Severe storms for mid-Atlantic Monday, Tuesday

Scattered thunderstorms with the potential to deliver hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall will extend across parts of the mid-Atlantic Monday into early Tuesday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. The most active time of severe weather is expected to occur from 10 PM until 4 AM, according to the NWS.

Winds could be in the neighborhood of 60 mph with some gusts as high as 75 MPH. Small hail and flooding downpours are a possibility.

On the severe weather scale, the areas under NWS severe thunderstorm watches are at a Level 2.

The areas under the highest threat of severe weather and thunderstorms stretches from central, southern and southwestern New York, into Pennsylvania, New Jersey, eastern Ohio, extending into northern and central West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Northern Virginia.

Tropical storm warning off the East Coast

A tropical depression has formed off the East Coast which is expected to become Tropical Storm Bill, the second named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is expected to reach this official designation by Monday night, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tropical storm warning that extends off the coast of North Carolina along the Atlantic as far north as Maine.

As of 10 AM EDT, the center of the tropical depression was located about 105 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with winds of 35 MPH and moving northeast at 21 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), NOLA reported.

The storm is expected to gain speed, up to 50 mph by early Monday, the Weather Company reported.

According to forecasts, the storm poses no threat to land, and is expected to continue moving northeast into the colder waters of south of Nova Scotia, Canada on Wednesday and then dissipate.

NHC tracking tropical disturbance in the Gulf

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico which could bring “very heavy” rain to the Gulf Coast and Louisiana later in the week, according to forecasters, NOLA reported. NHC forecasters are giving the system a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression this week.