Severe weather threat for over 90 million in Northeast after storms slam NYC area, spark church fire
Written by kslmadmin on July 23, 2020
An area over the northern Plains also is at risk of seeing intense thunderstorms, where isolated large hail could fall.
On Wednesday, there were more than 150 reports of wind damage, mostly concentrated from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast.
Severe thunderstorms brought impressive lightning to the New York City area, some seen behind the Statue of Liberty.
In the city’s Queens borough, a fire tore through the Spirit & Truth Christian Church after a reported lightning strike
Pastor Daniel Marimuthu told WABC-TV he was very disappointed because his congregation returned to physical services only two weeks ago after spending months apart due to coronavirus.
“We just have to say, ‘thank you, God’ nobody was in there when this happened, I guess this can be repaired,” he said.
Elsewhere across the region, flashes of lightning and gusty winds were reported.
Driving rain also triggered flash flooding on some streets in the area.
Stifling heat lingers out West, monsoon moisture becomes a fixture in Southwest
Hot, sticky temperatures will be ongoing Thursday for much of the North Central U.S. High temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s could help trigger storms in the northern regions.
The Great Basin should be on alert again Thursday for high fire danger.
The monsoon season also has begun in the Southwest.
Heavy rain also could cause pockets of flash flooding in parts of Arizona and New Mexico.
The remainder of the week may feature excessive rainfall over the Four Corners region.
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