Severe storms trigger weather alerts as they pass through the Northeast Ohio Valley on Saturday

The Northeast was one of several areas across the country affected by severe weather on Saturday, with threats of hail, gusty winds and tornadoes.

The Fox Forecast Center said more than 100 million residents from New England to the Plains face an increased risk of storms.

Major cities in the Level 3 out of 5 danger zone on SPC’s thunderstorm risk scale include Pittsburgh and Scranton in Pennsylvania and Youngstown in Ohio.

Cities under Level 2 out of 5 risk included New York, Columbus and Cleveland in Ohio, Nashville, Tennessee, and Wichita, Kansas.

Nighttime tornadoes are likely to become more deadly than daytime tornadoes

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Severe thunderstorm and tornado watches have been issued for more than a dozen states from the Plains as far north as New York and New Jersey.

New York City was placed on a severe thunderstorm watch, which expires at midnight.

Most of the warnings issued by local National Weather Service offices were for hail and damaging winds, but a number of tornado warnings were issued for counties in Ohio.

Initial damage reports

Multiple severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued in the Buckeye State on Saturday as the first round of rain and thunderstorms broke out.

Law enforcement authorities confirmed that a tornado was spotted moving through communities in Hardin and Marion counties in central Ohio.

Initial damage reports indicated some tree and roof damage in the Town of Kenton, and more than 13,000 power outages were reported across the state.

The tornado was likely one of two to impact communities north of Interstate 70, according to preliminary reports received by the Storm Prediction Center.

Shelf cloud over northern Georgia
(Center Park Weatherstream Stadium)

A severe storm was observed from New Washington, Ohio on August 12, 2023
(Michigan Stormtroopers)

Kenton, Ohio Storm damage from August 12
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Owensboro, Kentucky, storm cloud

Weather preview for Sunday

If it seems like we discuss severe weather daily, you’re not wrong. There’s no let up on the threats of severe storms.

On Sunday, the disturbance will produce severe weather across the central United States, and the threat area will shift eastward into the Ohio Valley on Monday.

It continues the theme of a wet summer for millions of Americans, where rain and storms have ruined outdoor plans several times over the past two and a half months.

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