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Thursday, July 26, 2012

SUPERSTORM warning: New York and East Coast could be hit by tornado

A superstorm is barreling along the East Coast and expected to hit New York City in the next few hours with warnings of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hail.

A tornado touched down in the city of Elmira, New York at 4.15 pm local time causing damage to buildings but no injuries had yet been reported.

The potentially-devastating weather pattern has made its way across the Midwest, with forecasters predicting Columbus, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will all be hit.

Storms will the rip through the East Coast tonight with some meteorologists predicting that the outbreak could be as bad as the storm which left millions without powers for days in Washington, D.C. last month.

Much of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state are under moderate severe weather warnings, according to the National Weather Service.

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Vermont, Connecticut, and Delaware were also in the storm’s wake.

Tornado warnings were in effect for many parts of New York State, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, including areas surrounding New York City.

JFK International Airport was already redirecting flights to the nearby Newark.

Flights were currently delayed up to 90 minutes at JFK, but Newark is reporting two-hour delays.

New York’s LaGuardia Airport is also experiencing delays of an hour and a half, and travellers in Philadelphia have to wait on average 58 minutes, reports the Federal Aviation Administration.

Areas spanning from New England to the Midwest can expect three to five inches of rain.

New York City was hit by a freak storm two weeks ago which brought flash floods and booming thunderstorms.

Subway stations were shut down as water submerged tracks leaving many commuters stranded.

Meanwhile, additional showers, periods of heavy rain, and thunderstorms will continue along and ahead of the associated cold front as it extends southwest from the low through the Southern Plains with waves of low pressure.

There is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorm development from Ohio through the Lower Northeast, while areas from the Upper Great Lakes and the Mid-Mississippi Valley northeastward to southern New England are at slight risk for severe weather development.

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