Severe Storms To Bring Flooding, Delays Nashville To DC, And New York City

Monday, July 14, 2014
AccuWeather reports areas in the East and South will be at risk for severe thunderstorms packing damaging winds, flooding rain and frequent lightning strikes into Tuesday.

Into Monday evening, the greatest risk of heavy to locally severe storms will stretch from the Ohio and Tennessee valleys to part of the I-81 and I-95 corridors. Cities that can be impacted on Monday include St. Louis; Cincinnati; Nashville; Roanoke; Charleston, W.V.; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; New York City; Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston.

During Tuesday, the main threat of flash flooding and severe weather will dip into the Deep South but will continue in part of the I-95 corridor in the mid-Atlantic and part of New England. Some of the metro areas, from Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston, could be hit by heavy, gusty storms for the second day in a row.

Tuesday could be the worst of the two days for storms around Columbia, S.C.; Raleigh; Richmond, and Boston.

The storms have the potential to cause major disruptions to outdoor activities and travel.

As the storms roll through the major metro area airports, the risk of wind shear can be significant enough to aircraft to result in a ground stop. The most likely time for airline delays will be during the afternoon and evening hours as storms reach peak intensity.

Wind gusts with a few individual storms can be strong enough to knock down trees, damage roofs and cause power outages. Enough rain could fall to cause flooding of basements and small streams on a regional basis.

The storms will bring wind-swept downpours that will pose hazards for those traveling on the ground. At the height of the storms, water can flow across flood-prone stretches of roadways and settle in poor drainage areas. Visibility can suddenly drop to unsafe levels for driving at highway speeds.

As the storms develop and rapidly approach locations, they can produce lightning strikes with little notice. If you can hear thunder you are at risk for being struck by lightning. Seek shelter immediately as storms approach.

A small number of the storms can also bring damaging hail to a few communities, while a small fraction of the strongest storms can also produce a short-lived tornado. During Wednesday, the risk of locally drenching and strong thunderstorms will continue at the beaches from New England to the mid-Atlantic and South.

As the storms continue along the Atlantic Seaboard and over parts of the South into the middle of the week, a push of unseasonably cool and less humid air will expand over the Midwest and into the Appalachians.
 
A modified version of this air will spill into the South and along the Atlantic Seaboard during the middle to latter part of the week.


Crime Stoppers: 1981 Murder Of Johnnie Mack Salyer

Crime Stoppers, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and The Cold Case Unit are seeking information on the murder of Johnnie Mack Salyer. On June 3, 1981, a steel drum was recovered from the Chickamauga Lake near 9000 Rocky Point Road in north Hamilton County Tennessee. Mr. Salyer’s body was found inside the steel drum. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office ruled his death a ... (click for more)

Cohutta Bank Company On Highway 153 Robbed Wednesday Afternoon

Chattanooga Police responded to Cohutta Bank Company in the 5600 block of Highway 153 on the report of a robbery on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect, who was reported to be unarmed, used a note to demand cash from the teller. No one was injured during this robbery.  The suspect is a white male  and left in a black vehicle. Chattanooga Police ask anyone ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Could Obama Win Again?

When President Barack Obama spoke to the African Union yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he made a pretty brash statement: “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he told the African leaders. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I don’t think that’s true. Obviously, term limits keep Obama from running, but as I sit ... (click for more)

Ooltewah, Rhea Co. Picked To Win Region 4-5A Football

The Ooltewah Owls and the Rhea County Golden Eagles both advanced to the Class 5-A football playoffs last fall with Ooltewah getting eliminated by the Golden Eagles in the second round. Both teams entered that contest unbeaten, but Rhea County routed the Owls by a 47-14 final to advance. Rhea County went on to with 13 straight games before getting beat in the semis by ... (click for more)

Owls, Eagles Look Back Differently At 2014 Showdown

For the first time since they played in the second round of the 2014 Class AAA state football playoffs, a few Ooltewah and Rhea County players were together Wednesday at the Region 4-5A media day at The Bridge in Ooltewah. The Owls and Eagles, obviously, have polar-opposite thoughts on last year’s second round game in Evensville on a brutally cold Friday night. That’s because ... (click for more)