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Cold Front to Create Problems in Northeast This Week

Just after severe storms moved out of the Midwest, Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, the threat of severe weather will continue into Tuesday; at least for the Northeast.

The reason that these storms will continue is a slow moving cold front. This front, which acts as a barrier, will continue its journey throughout the Northeast region today, allowing for some thunderstorms to form as we move through the afternoon.

The severe weather that is going to impact the Northeast today will be the same system that covered a large area across the eastern U.S on Monday, and formed along an upper-level system. Even though this region is expected to get slammed with heavy rain and strong winds later in the afternoon, many locations will stay dry throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Most areas in the Northeast will be humid and warm today, creating an environment that is highly conducive to the formation of severe weather. The temperatures throughout the day will climb into the middle and upper 70’s by the afternoon, as well as the dew points. Also, some sun will pop-up throughout the day and will work as a primer for the atmosphere, creating the perfect conditions to allow for some severe thunderstorms.

The areas that can expect to see some more severe storms include: Connecticut, western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, eastern New York, northeast Pennsylvania, and southern Vermont. The biggest risk with these storms will come in the form of damaging straight line winds. But, there is still a threat of small hail and heavy blinding downpours that cannot be ruled out just yet.

Heavy rainfall, hail, and strong wind gusts will be the most likely outcome of this system, but extreme damage isn’t expected. The strongest thunderstorms are predicted to enter the Northeast between the early afternoon, and then fizzle out by the early evening hours.

Wednesday will likely be more stable, as the front will begin passing out of the area on Tuesday. Unfortunately, some thunderstorms will creep back into the forecast by Thursday, as the temperatures are expected to increase throughout the end of the week.

Make sure to stay updated on the weather in your area by tuning into your local weather provider, The Weather Channel, or Accuweather.

Also, make sure to stay away from flooded areas while driving. Remember what the National Weather Service states “Turn around, don’t drown!!”

Severe Weather Arrives Bringing Tornadoes Into Missouri

Like normally in early April, people in the Midwest and South are dealing with spring thunderstorms which are dumping heavy rains and some hail. There has even been some suspected tornado activity that did some damage in Texas, Missouri and Illinois. This multiple day, severe weather event has affected over 42 million people living across a wide area of the country from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. On the heals of severe storms Wednesday cam another round of bad weather Thursday that resulted in flash flooding, a few water rescues and isolated evacuations.

Hail the size of golf balls pounded some areas of St. Louis this week, doing damage to numerous homes and automobiles. Up to six inches of rain fell over portions of Missouri during the past few days, making conditions favorable there for significant flooding events this spring.

There was a suspected tornado touch-down Thursday morning in a St. Louis suburb where some damages were reported. Forecasters are warning that before this weather event is over and an approaching cold front moves in, that there may be some tornadoes taking shape across parts of Texas, the Plains and the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys.

The National Weather Services warned that some of the wind gusts in the storms over the Plains and Midwest could at times reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour through Friday morning. Winds that powerful can very easily topple whole trees, damage roofs and send objects flying while wiping out power to millions of people.

Flash flood warnings
were issued for Collin and Hunt counties in Texas Thursday evening. By 8pm, reports were coming in of significant flood damage to some homes in that area. One report said two homes had been severely damage or were “gone” in Celeste, TX. Rescue personnel from that community were dispatched to assess damages and to see if residents were OK.

Throughout the evening and nighttime hours Thursday, numerous tornado warnings were being issued for parts of Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The National Weather Service warned residents in the Midwest to be on guard for the possibility of tornado warnings being put into effect overnight Thursday because it could be a “very active” night.

In University City, MO, a reported 100 yard wide EF1 tornado left a path of damage a half-mile long early Thursday morning. There were numerous reports coming in that the twister tore out trees and damaged roofs & fences while scattering debris across yards and roadways. The Office of Emergency Management in St. Louis said that approximately 100 homes sustained damage from that storm.

Severe Weather Expected to Hit Plains States This Week

A state of normalcy will be put into place for much of the central United States throughout the end of the week, as a severe weather outbreak is expected to ravage through the plains states. These states can expect the threat of tornadoes as a new storm system makes its way into the United States to start of the month of April.
On Tuesday, the overall threat for tornadoes will be low. An isolated severe storm will be present in northwest Texas and southwest Oklahoma, and will then scatter throughout the night presenting hail in parts of Kansas and Missouri.

Wednesday will present a medium threat throughout the mid-Mississippi Valley to northern Texas. Some of the cells that are predicted to hit these areas may create large tornadoes, along with large hail. This will only happen if these cells can overcome a suppressing cap in the atmosphere. The hail threat that is present will be in effect for the states farther north, such as Texas, Oklahoma, and southern Kansas.

The threat for severe weather increases as the days go on, and Thursday will have the highest threat for this week. A large cell of severe thunderstorms is predicted to affect downstate Illinois, eastern Texas, western Louisiana, and then will begin to sweep eastward into the evening, making its way into the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys. The biggest threats for this system are tornadoes, large hail, and damaging straight-line winds. Also, some smaller cells in the Ohio Valley may produce large hail and very heavy rainfall throughout the day.

On Friday the threat level will decrease to just a medium risk. Scattered severe thunderstorms will form a line from the Ohio Valley and will move into the southeast. The most common threat from this system will be straight-line winds that have the potential to become very damaging. Tornadoes may also be a possibility in the Ohio and lower Tennessee Valleys.

These severe weather patterns are normal for this time of year, and it not unusual that severe weather begins ramping up in the beginning of springtime. It is always important to start any home repairs before the weather begins turning for the worst. It is also a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand because high gusting winds can cause power outages, along with a host of other factors such as heavy rainfall, hail and lightening. If you are stuck in your car when this severe weather hits, it is important that you pull over if you cannot see due to heavy rain. Also, if there is lightening striking, you should stay in your car and not get out. If you are outside when this occurs, run to the nearest building to take shelter. Never stand under trees when lightening is present outside!

Stay tuned to your local weather authority for more updates on this particular system or check out The Weather Channel for immediate updates when changes occur.

Tips to help spot signs of interior water damage

Water damage can be trick for home owners and business owners to spot. If you do not recognize the signs of water damage, the damage will simply get worse over time. In fact every hour that passes where water damage is allowed to go unabated, further damage will result. Even waiting just one more day can dramatically increase your chance of permanent damage to your property and contents, not to mention the chance of a mold infestation due to excessive moisture. If you wait to long materials may not be able to be saved by a water damage restoration professional. The gradual or even sudden accumulation of water, if left unattended, can gradually destroy even the strongest of walls, floors, foundations, carpets, doors and other building materials. It is important to make sure you know what the signs of water damage are, so that you can prevent long term and irreversible water damage to your home.

Some of the signs of water damage include:

Moist walls. If your walls are damp at all you may have an internal leak in your home. Perhaps a pipe is slowly leaking. You could even have water seeping into the walls from a leak in the roof. A water damage clean up and restoration professional can use a moisture meter to determine if there is a presence of a abnormal amount of water present in your walls.

Discoloration on your ceiling. If you see spots and rings on your ceiling of unknown origin, or brown spots, you have have a leak or pool of water building up in your ceiling. Most floors have pipes running through them and every pipe at some point in it’s life span will leak. This is one of the most dangerous water damage signs as sooner or later the entire ceiling will collapse. You could even be experiencing water damage coming down from within the roof, especially from ice or snow.

Mold and moisture. If you find the presence of mold on your property, especially if it is a lot of mold growth, you may very well have a leaky pipe or some other source of water damage present. If you see black dots, these are a sign of mold and bacteria growth. Often times mold can begin to grow in places we cannot see, such as inside of walls and ducts. The important thing about mold and mildew is that they both require a large amount of moisture, and excessive moisture is possible sign of water damage.

If your basement is damp, look for a white residue on the walls. Often times if the foundation has sustained any water damage, it will give off a sickly white residue.

Inspecting your property often is the key to catching water damage early. Inspect in places that do not come to mind easily, such as cabinets under sinks, around appliances that use water such as dishwashers and washer machines and even refrigerators that have a water line. Looking outside of your home is helpful to, such as checking the outside wall for cracks or seeing if water pools up against any side of your home after heavy rainfall.