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Review of Thursday's Severe Weather: Hail, Tornadoes, Wind & More

By: Multiple Sources via CBS Newspath
By: Multiple Sources via CBS Newspath

Severe weather brought wind, rain, hail, and tornadoes to various parts of the country on Thursday. Below are the individual reports covered in the video above:

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Maryland Waterspout (NNS/WJLA)

A tornado warning is in effect as a massive storm system is aiming for the in the Washington, D.C. area Thursday (06/13).

The storm pushing east from the Midwest has already caused widespread power outages and flash flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for much of the region. Forecasters warned the storms could produce damaging winds and large hail.

In southern West Virginia, the Roane County 911 center had to be evacuated and roads in the Spencer area are closed because of flash flooding.

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Rain in New York City (WCBS)

Round two of wet weather settled over parts of the Tri-State Area on Thursday evening, pushing monthly rainfall totals within reach of the history books.

Titan radar indicated light to moderate showers passing through the region overnight before improving conditions were expected to move in heading into the weekend.

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North Carolina Hail (WBTV)

A fast moving series of storms that swept across Mecklenburg and surrounding counties Thursday afternoon left thousands without power and delayed flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport was closed to arriving flights for over an hour. The storms also knocked out several traffic lights and blew debris into the roadway around University City.

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Oregon Tornado (KOIN)

A confirmed tornado touched down in McMinnville around 4:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon, damaging buildings and causing power outages.

A radar image of a weather event that hit McMinnville at 4:25 p.m. on June 13, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

KOIN Chief Meteorologist Bruce Sussman identified a “strong cell” that moved through the area at 4:25 p.m. The cell was identified by the National Weather Service as a confirmed tornado later Thursday.

Michael Morris saw what he initially described as a “small tornado.”

“I was sitting in my office and heard an unusual noise. I looked outside and saw some debris in the air,” he told KOIN 6 News by phone. “It progressed to the east for about three blocks and was on the ground for about 15 seconds. I saw miscellaneous debris, personal items, tossed, oh, I don’t know, 200 or 300 feet int the air. I watched it cross Lafayette Avenue.”

He said that is the second busiest street in McMinnville.

“I saw significant damage,” Morris said. “Fairly large storage units, about six to 12 of them, damaged. There was roofing material draped over power lines and I could see transformers explode.”

When he called 911 he “described it as a small tornado” to the dispatcher.

Miguel Santoyo said he saw metal pieces flying through the air, but he did not see anyone get hurt.

“I smelled smoke in the air,” he said. The damage was about “five or six blocks” away from his house.

KOIN 6 Viewer Beth Uhrinak sent KOIN 6 News a video of what Sussman said “appears to be a funnel cloud forming” over her McMinnville neighborhood. Sussman said it’s hard to say “if it’s the same one that became our tornado — but it might have been.”

If anything, Sussman said, “It is also another sign of the unstable weather we’ve had around here lately.”

A National Weather Service storm survey team headed to McMinnville Thursday evening. Team members looked at debris patterns to determine whether the damage was indeed caused by a tornado.

A funnel cloud also was reported in Hillsboro, Ore., Thursday, according to the weather service.


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