The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center received more than 330 reports of high winds from Monday’s storms, the most recorded since an outbreak in the Midwest and Ohio Valley on July 23. Heavy hail was also reported, with egg-sized hail reported in Wisconsin and golf-ball-sized hail falling as far north as New Hampshire.
Strong winds of up to 131 mph ripped trees from the ground and laid down power lines in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. There were more than 600,000 outages in Michigan alone on Monday night, according to data collected by aggregator PowerOutage.us.
More than 350,000 people were left in the dark on Tuesday morning.
Most of the people who wake up without power are in southern Michigan, which has suffered extensive damage from Monday’s wave of severe storms.
In Monroe, Michigan, about 31 miles south of Detroit, a 14-year-old girl was killed Monday night when she accidentally came into contact with a power line in her backyard that had been brought down during a thunderstorm. security department shared in a Facebook post.
A gust of 70 km/h has been measured at Detroit’s Coleman A. Young International Airport, where nearly 100,000 people are still without power. In Lapeer County, north of Detroit and east of Flint, a person was injured when a tree fell on a motorcyclist.
Across the border in Ohio, a woman was killed in a Toledo suburb by a tree toppled by high winds, according to Toledo’s ABC television affiliate. Winds up to 60 mph were recorded at Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport, and storms uprooted multiple trees near Sylvania, Ohio, along the state’s border with Michigan.
The strongest winds of the day were measured near Lowell, Ind., about 40 miles southeast of Chicago, where gusts of up to 80 miles per hour knocked down trees and power lines.
Farther south, in Bentonville, Ark., an 11-year-old boy was killed and a woman hospitalized after being pushed into a storm drain by flooding, according to Fort Smith CBS television station.
In Nolan County, Texas, one person was killed when high winds caused a tanker to overturn on Interstate 20, causing at least six accidents, according to the Weather Service. A weather station near Anton, Texas, recorded wind speeds of 73 mph.
As winds picked up from the thunderstorms over the Texas Panhandle, they whipped up a blinding curtain of dust known as a haboob, which was photographed by storm chasers:
With the responsible front heading for the East Coast on Tuesday, the Storm Prediction Center gave a level 1 in 5 risk for severe storms, indicating a marginal chance of damaging winds from Virginia to Maine, including Richmond, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia. and Rochester, New York
Most of Tuesday’s storms are expected to be less than severe, but the Weather Service said a few instances of damaging winds in excess of 58 mph are possible. Strong storms can also include intense downpours and dangerous lightning.
In the DC area, a line of storms is expected to move from west to east between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.