Storms Bring Hail, Twisters to Midwest, Northeast
As expected, severe weather moved into the mid-Atlantic overnight. From New York to Virginia, damaging storms brought hail, high winds, and flooding.
A tornado touched down west of Albany, New York, destroying several homes. High winds in other areas brought down trees, power lines, and knocked over a tractor trailer.
"I knew there were winds," Duanesburg, New York, resident Noah Onorati said. "But I didn't think it would be this bad."
Golf-ball sized hail filled the streets of cities along the East Coast, leading to dangerous traveling conditions both on the road and in skies.
A U.S. Airways plane was flying through the storm and landed with a cracked windshield.
Storms also pummeled the Midwest, with Colorado residents seeing round two of severe storms that brought more hail, more tornadoes, and more flooding.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, firefighters are hoping for heavy rains as raging wildfires threaten hundreds of homes.
"At the moment we're winning the battle," said Bill Morse, a Flagstaff Fire Department captain and a spokesman for firefighting managers. "But you know how the cliché goes: it's a war."
Going into the holiday weekend, much of the country's mid-section can expect more storms. But forecasters say conditions look good for the East Coast as storms continue to push out to sea.
Meanwhile, officials advise that if you're spending time outdoors this weekend remember to be mindful of the weather.
If you hear thunder, seek shelter immediately. Leisure activities, especially fishing, top the charts for lightning fatalities each year.