Our Steve Coomes is many, many things – chef, restaurant industry writer and businessman. But Steve is not an alarmist.
Except when it comes to the weather.
Because Steve is an amateur meteorologist, and he sees a storm comin’, Dexter, in the form of a dorechos.
We checked with AccuWeather.com, and so far, a mid-afternoon, the forecast is, “Maybe.”
AccuWeather meteorologists in College Station, Penn., predict an outbreak of severe storms along a 1,000-mile-long line from St. Louis east to Boston.
Here’s the latest:
Storms are beginning to fire up quickly across northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania. The storms are capable of spawning damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes. For the latest storm reports, see below. The storms are flying eastward at 50 mph. Be alert for rapidly changing weather in the central Appalachians.
An area from Ohio through Pennsylvania and New York into southern New England is especially at risk for long-lasting storms that could generate destructive wind gusts in excess of 70 mph from late this afternoon until well after dark. There is concern that people may be caught off-guard by the storms overnight.
Check out the AccuWeather video here.
This has been quite a year, weather-wise.
First, tornadoes back in March killed hundres of people across the United States.
Then, a line of derechos on June 29 knocked out power for 4 million people from Chicago east to Virginia, though the majority of outages were in the Washington, D.C. area.
While the bands of hundreds of thunderstorms didn’t produce tornadoes, they caused more widespread, intense damage than most tornadoes.
Steve wonders if we could see a repeat.
And when Steve’s concerned, we’re concerned.
More updates after 3:30 p.m.
About AccuWeather: AccuWeather, established in 1962, bills itself as “the World’s Weather Authority.” The for-profit company provides local forecasts for every part of the United States and over two million locations worldwide. AccuWeather has more than 175,000 paying customers in media, business, government and institutions. Its headquarters in State College, Pa., is home to the greatest number of forecast meteorologists in one location anywhere in the world.