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Winter Storm Gemini Headed For the Midwest This Weekend

This winter has been harsh for the United States, with 3 winter storms already in the past two months. The cold weather and snow is not done yet, because a new winter storm has just emerged and is going to be making its way across the length of the states this weekend. This cell named winter storm Gemini is the seventh named storm this season, and is expected to wreak havoc on the Midwest and the east coast yet again. This time, severe storms are predicted as well as heavy snow accumulations in the northern states. This storm is expected to deliver light snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the Upper Midwest and northern New England. For the most part the ice accumulations will be light, but could be sufficient enough to produce slippery roads. Parts of New York could see larger ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch through Saturday. This could lead to downed tree limbs and power outages. To the Great Lakes and New England, 1-4 inches of snow can be expected. Maine is the only state that is going to be experiencing higher accumulations than any other state.

The second phase of winter storm Gemini is predicted to impact the Midwest and New England over the weekend. Large amounts of rain will move to the north on Saturday and Sunday. This rain is expected to move over Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Southern Michigan. Ice accumulations will be light, but slippery roads are a definite possibility on bridges and overpasses. Into Sunday, the development of snow will begin. This potential for snow will extend from the panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Northern Michigan. Some of these locations will see 6 or more inches of snow. The most significant amounts of snow will stay Northwest of Chicago. There also may be a lake-effect snow in the Great Lakes region that could occur on Sunday.

Along with the snow and ice, a threat of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain will spread across the Ohio valley and the Southern states. Moist air will move into the Northeast Saturday night through Sunday. The temperatures will head into the upper 60’s and 70’s as far north as Philadelphia. This means that there will be a risk of significant ice accumulations. This could lead to broken tree limbs, power outages, and dangerous traveling conditions.
It is important to stay tuned to your local weather authority, to make sure that there have not been any changes to the predictions. You should always have an emergency kit handy incase of any power outages, or if the conditions are too dangerous to leave your home.

Severe Weather will Dominate This Weekend in Central, Midwest

People living in the Plains states and Midwest may want to change any outdoor plans they have for the upcoming weekend because there’s some severe weather in store. The National Weather Service says that thunderstorms, high winds, large hail and even tornadoes are possible this weekend.

The atmosphere east of the Rocky Mountains will rapidly change from cold and stable to one that’s more conducive for severe weather as we head into the weekend. The National Weather Service says that there’s a good chance of heavy thunderstorms, winds, large hail and even tornadoes for the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Mississippi Valley this weekend. While spring is known for bringing with it violent tornadoes, fall is considered the “second” tornado season. It’s entirely possible for tornadoes to form during the latter part of October and beginning of November in the US. This is because at this time of the year, strong fronts and upper-air systems barrel across the US. And, when warm & moist air is plentiful with these types of systems, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can occur. While 2013 has thus far been historically quite as far as tornado activity is concerned, at least 46 people have died this year due to tornadoes.

While folks in the Plains and Midwest are being warned about thunderstorms, wind and hail that may be heading there way, people living in places like the Chicago area, southwest Michigan and northwestern Indiana are already feeling the bite of Old Man Winter. Up to 8 inches of snow fell in La Porte Indiana between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Even though people there are used to being smacked by winter weather, this storm was was considered a bit too early for most.

The hardest hit area was around New Buffalo, Michigan where white-out conditions prevailed after 14 inches of white stuff fell. While those affected by the wintery weather are surely not happy with having to put on snow tires and shovel snow so early, most are likely not happy to hear that rain, thunderstorms, high winds and hail are what they can look forward to next.

Thus far it’s too early to tell just how severe the weather will be this coming weekend. At the very least, it’s more than likely that thunderstorms will prevail along with high gusting winds. Forecasters across the country are for the most part, in agreement now that hail could also come down and that even a twister or two could develop. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Potential Strong Storms Could Impact Illinois and Michigan Today

The severe storm pattern that has wreaked havoc in the northwest recently is now headed for the Midwest through Thursday and Friday. The most intense thunderstorms will produce large hail, strong gusts of wind, and frequent lightening, and downpours. Not all areas will be experiencing severe weather, but those that do experience it are at high risk for power outages due to the frequent lightening and strong gusts of wind. Downpours may even cause urban flooding in low-lying areas or areas that have poor-drainage. Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, and Wichita are some of the larger cities that will be affected during Thursday. Thursday night, the severe pattern will shift more into the great lakes region and southwestward into middle Mississippi and Ohio valley.

Parts of Kentucky, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati are more than likely to get these storms sometime during Friday. Parts of the lower peninsula of Michigan are already experiencing strong weather before the zone that was to be expected. Many high schools in the great lakes region have football games on Friday nights. It is important to be watchful of the weather, and if lightening is spotted, to leave that area and seek shelter.

The Midwest has not experienced much rainfall this summer, so it is a good thing that they are receiving this rain. Because the ground is so dry, it will easily absorb large amounts of rain over time. The only issue is, if the rain falls too quickly, the ground may not be able to absorb all of it. This will cause widespread flooding in many urban areas. With the recent dry weather, the forecast of rain will be welcome to some. But, farmers in the plains and Midwest may have issues while trying to figure out when to harvest their crops. It is always a good idea to stay tuned to your local weather authority when there is a forecast of strong thunderstorms coming your way.

Midwest Hit by Strong Storms, Leaving Many Without Power

While people living in the Midwest were very relieved to get a break from the sweltering heat that sent thermometers soaring into the 90s, many are not so happy about waking up Saturday morning to find entire trees uprooted and snapped off in their yards. Severe thunderstorms rocked parts of the Great Lakes late Friday, resulting in downed trees and powerlines wherein around 150,000 were left in the dark.

In the Chicago area, thousands of homes and businesses remained in the dark Saturday in Chi Town’s northwest suburbs. Officials from Com Ed said that many people may not get their power back on until around dinnertime on Sunday. There were so many trees down in the Chicago area that Com Ed decided to send out additional tree crews.

A tornado packing 100 mile per hour winds struck Ursuline College in northeastern Ohio early Saturday, taking down a huge gymnasium wall at the school’s athletic building. The twister which was confirmed to be an EF1, hit just before 4 am north of the school and continued its journey across the campus. The tornado was about 150 yards wide and traveled on the ground for over 1.3 miles. Luckily there were only a handful of students on the campus at the time and none were in the vicinity of the athletic building. The same twister hit Pepper Pike before striking the college. Many residents of that community woke up to find trees laying in the yards. One unlucky family’s home sustained massive damage as a huge tree on their neighbor’s property crashed into their home, breaking the foundation and cracking walls.

In Mentor, Ohio near Cleveland, Saturday morning started with a slew of road closures across the city following a night of serious flooding. Many cars were left abandoned in Mentor, nearly fully submerged in water as the severe weather dumped a lot of rain over the area in a very short period of time. Officials in Mentor expect most of the city’s streets to be reopened by mid-afternoon Sunday as work crews worked overnight to clear.

Weekend Storms Batter Twin Cities

Residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota endured severe thunderstorms this past week which resulted in widespread damages including flooding, downed trees and utility poles & lines. The city of St. Paul was littered with uprooted trees, downed powerlines and debris from a second wave of thunderstorms in less than 24 hours late Friday that left over 100,000 customers in the metro area without power.

The National Weather Service warned residents of the Twin Cities area that they could be in for more bad weather through Monday as additional thunderstorms were very likely to occur. The service also stated that the area was in a really active weather pattern with no cold front to dampen the storms. The NWS informed people that they could get a short reprieve Sunday before the bad weather returns Monday night. Heavy winds took down many trees across the Twin Cities area with the southern portion of Minneapolis appearing to be the worst hit.

The bad weather that struck the area brought with it winds in excess of 65 miles per hour and heavy downpourings of rain which fell at a rate of 1 ½ inches in just 30 minutes. The heavy rainfall overwhelmed sewer systems and created numerous flash floods across several southern Minnesota counties. The winds were so strong Friday night in St. Paul that roofs were torn off homes which left several homes uninhabitable.

The fierce storms that ripped through the Twin Cities on Friday literally seared through powerlines and huge, old trees in many parts of Hennepin County, resulting in some of the worst storm damage that part of Minnesota has seen in years. In St. Paul, boulevards lined with decades old trees were completely devastated as many of the large trees were uprooted wherein they landed on cars, homes, garages and of course city streets, making them impassable.

Officials in Minneapolis announced plans for debris collection starting on the first day of July to help residents get rid of downed wood in the yards. The city of St. Paul is planning a similar pickup service that will run over the next couple of weeks. Over 1,000 utility workers were deployed over the weekend to repair downed power poles and lines so that power can be fully restored to those who were affected by outages. Many residents in southern Minnesota spent the day Sunday dealing with flooding as the heavy rains swamped basements and the lower levels of many homes and businesses.

Severe Weather Hits Chicago – Stormy Weekend on Tap for Midwest

Thousands of people living on Chicago’s south side were left without power early Wednesday after a powerful thunderstorm slammed the area. The storm resulted in flash flooding in some areas of the south side as well as in some Chicagoland suburbs. At times, up to two inches of rain fell per hour over Chicago while winds were whipping up to 60 miles per hour.

The bad news is that Chicago is not done with the wet weather yet as more thunderstorms with heavy down pourings of rain are due in the coming days. Forecasters are warning that several more inches of rain can come down which will likely cause significant flooding in areas along streams and rivers as well as in low-lying areas.

On Wednesday, tornado watches were in effect for a large portion of the country from the panhandle of Texas up through the mid portion of Nebraska as yet another wave of thunderstorms have the Plains and Midwest in the bulls-eyes once again. A severe thunderstorm warning that was posted Wednesday for central Nebraska area included the possibility that hail the size of golf balls could come down to damage vehicles, homes and crops. That storm system also is bringing with it a risk for twisters and damaging winds on top of heavy rainfall.

The many severe thunderstorm watches that are in effect include most of west Oklahoma as well as Oklahoma City and its surrounding suburbs. That is where Moore is located, the community that was devastated on the 20th of May by an F5 tornado that killed two dozen people. In all, over half of the United States is under threat for severe weather for the remainder of this week. That weather is most likely to consist of heavy thunderstorms, damaging hail, high gusting winds and tornadoes.

Storms produced tornadoes in southern lower Michigan overnight Tuesday that downed trees and powerlines and damaged homes and businesses. Several twisters were spotted in the Kalamazoo area and flooding occurred just southwest of that western Michigan city that left over a foot of water on area roadways. The bad weather struck southern lower Michigan at the same time when area residents were preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of a tornado that hit the Flint area in early June of ’53, leaving over 100 people dead.

New York, New Jersey at Risk for Serious Flash Flooding

The non-stop rainfall that is coming down over New York and New Jersey is raising the risk of flash and urban flooding around the Big Apple and in parts of the Garden State. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are spiraling around a slow moving storm that is affecting that part of the country. Forecasters warned Wednesday that the storm can produce a couple of inches of rainfall which is far more than what’s needed to cause flooding and travel delays.

On Wednesday, rain swept across New Jersey as intense thunderstorms brought over two inches of rainfall and flash flooding to some locations. In Hudson and Bergen counties, floodwaters rose quickly in some areas. Several motorists had to be rescued by boat by the Jersey City Fire Department after they were trapped in deep water. Even though most of the rain from this system came down in New Jersey Wednesday, Thursday is going to be another wet day as more rain is in the forecast.

The bad weather put a stop to the on-going Sandy recovery efforts in Mantoloking, NJ. The ground is just too saturated there to support the many trucks needed for demolition of the scores of houses which were destroyed by the Super Storm in October.

A flash flood warning was issued for New York City Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service said at the time it issued the warning that the highest chance of flooding for the city would be around 9am Thursday. It also warned that the storms could cause streets, underpasses, highways and low-lying areas to flood as one to two inches of rain is expected to fall. The NWS was warning travelers not to drive into flooded areas and to turn around and find alternate routes when they see flooded streets and roadways ahead.

There has already been severe flooding in New Jersey and New York such as what occurred along the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel on Rt. 492 in New Jersey. That area had extensive flooding as at least two feet of water was on the roadway. Heavy downpours also drenched the five boroughs of New York City as well as many parts of coastal New Jersey and Long Island. Vehicles were nearly totally submerged in water in some locations including Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.

Will flood insurance cover your personal items or just your structural damages

Flood insurance and personal property

Homeowners looking to protect their investment may be considering flood insurance as part of their overall coverage. Even if you don’t live in a high-risk area, you may want to research flood insurance. Flash flooding can occur almost anywhere, not just on coastal areas and near lakes and rivers. In fact, almost 25% of all flood insurance claims come from areas that aren’t high risk.

When considering policies, you will want to educate yourself as to what is and isn’t covered. All policies are different so use this only as a guideline. Most of the dwelling property should be covered, including the building, foundation, decks and detached garages. Systems such as the electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning will also be covered. Built-in appliances like dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators and microwaves should be included. Interior components including carpet and flooring, built-in storage, paneling and blinds will also be covered.

Policy holders will also be happy to know that most of their personal belonging should be included in coverage too. After the devastation of a flood, you don’t need the added hassle and expense of replacing everything you owned. Furniture, clothes and electronics will all generally be covered. Portable appliances such as air conditioners, microwaves, washers and dryers are all usually included as well. Policies may even cover the food in your refrigerator and freezer if flood damage causes spoilage. Drapes, blinds and rugs too, are covered in most cases.

It’s important to know not just what is covered, but what isn’t covered. Generally, detached buildings other than garages, and their contents, will need a separate policy. Policies may have a limit on valuables such as artwork, so if you have expensive paintings, choose wisely. Currency and precious metals are not usually included, though you can protect yourself with supplemental insurance. Property outside of the insured dwelling, such as plants, outdoor furniture, fences, pools and spas won’t be covered, nor will your car or other vehicles. Because of the high likelihood of damage, items stored in a basement or otherwise below the bottom floor are not likely to be covered. Also, it is important to understand that water backup through sewers and drains is not generally included in flood insurance, but is sometimes a component of homeowner’s insurance. As with any insurance policy, research thoroughly and document everything that could be subject to a claim. If you do your homework, you can rest assured that should the worst happen, not only will your home be covered, so will your personal possessions.

Serious Rainfall Is Causing Major Flooding In Iowa City And Surrounding Areas

Thе Mіѕѕіѕѕіррі Rіvеr, ѕо lоw fоr muсh оf thе wіntеr thаt bаrgе trаffіс wаѕ nеаrlу hаltеd, соuld rеасh uр tо 10 fееt аbоvе flood ѕtаgе bу thе mіddlе оf nеxt wееk іn раrtѕ оf Iowa, Illіnоіѕ аnd Mіѕѕоurі, Nаtіоnаl Wеаthеr Sеrvісе hуdrоlоgіѕtѕ ѕаіd Wеdnеѕdау. Thе wеаthеr ѕеrvісе іѕ рrеdісtіng 3 tо 4 іnсhеѕ оf rаіn — аnd реrhарѕ mоrе — frоm Kаnѕаѕ City, Mо., tо Chісаgо bу Frіdау mоrnіng, thе rеѕult оf аn unѕеttlеd wеаthеr раttеrn thаt рrоmрtеd wіdеѕрrеаd tоrnаdо аnd thundеrѕtоrm wаtсhеѕ.

Sоіl іѕ аlrеаdу ѕаturаtеd frоm аn unuѕuаllу wеt еаrlу ѕрrіng, rаіѕіng соnсеrnѕ аlоng thе Mіѕѕіѕѕіррі frоm thе Quаd Cіtіеѕ, whісh аrе аlоng thе Iоwа-Illіnоіѕ bоrdеr, ѕоuth tо St. Lоuіѕ. Mајоr flооdіng арреаrѕ tо bе оn thе tаblе аt а lоt оf lосаtіоnѕ. Nоrth оf St. Lоuіѕ, wе’rе lооkіng аt thе kіnd оf flооdіng wе hаvеn’t ѕееn ѕіnсе 2008. Flооdѕ іn thе ѕрrіng оf 2008 wеrе раrtісulаrlу trоublеѕоmе іn Iowa, whеrе hundrеdѕ оf hоmеѕ wеrе dаmаgеd іn Cеdаr Rаріdѕ, Iowa City аnd оthеr tоwnѕ.

Mаrеn Stоflеt, а hуdrоlоgіѕt fоr thе wеаthеr ѕеrvісе іn thе Quаd Cіtіеѕ, ѕаіd thаt wіth thе grоund аlrеаdу ѕоаkеd, аll thе nеw rаіn wіll run оff іntо rіvеrѕ. Thе flооdіng іѕ аn іrоnіс twіѕt соnѕіdеrіng thаt thе Mіѕѕіѕѕіррі wаѕ аррrоасhіng rесоrd lоw lеvеlѕ аll wіntеr fоllоwіng mоnthѕ оf drоught. Thе Cоrрѕ оf Engіnееrѕ wоrkеd fеvеrіѕhlу tо drеdgе thе bоttоm оf thе rіvеr еnоugh tо kеер bаrgе trаffіс mоvіng, thоugh lоаdѕ wеrе lіmіtеd fоr ѕеvеrаl mоnthѕ. But lаtе-wіntеr ѕnоw аnd frеquеnt rаіnѕ hаvе рuѕhеd rіvеr lеvеlѕ bасk tо nоrmаl аnd bеуоnd. Thе Mіѕѕіѕѕіррі оn Wеdnеѕdау wаѕ аt оr nеаr flood ѕtаgе аt ѕеvеrаl ѕроtѕ nоrth оf St. Lоuіѕ, ѕlіghtlу lоwеr tо thе ѕоuth.

Thе rаіn thіѕ wееk іѕ еxресtеd tо bе furіоuѕ аt tіmеѕ, uр tо аn іnсh аn hоur іn ѕоmе саѕеѕ, Stоflеt ѕаіd. Thаt соuld сrеаtе flаѕh flооdіng аt ѕmаllеr wаtеrwауѕ. Trіbutаrіеѕ tо thе Mіѕѕіѕѕіррі аnd Mіѕѕоurі rіvеrѕ соuld аlѕо flood, аnd thаt wаtеr еvеntuаllу рuѕhеѕ іntо thе bіggеr rіvеrѕ, whісh wоuld сrеѕt nеxt wееk.

If thе rаіn fаllѕ аѕ рrеdісtеd, mіnоr flооdіng wоuld оссur оn thе Mіѕѕоurі Rіvеr іn Mіѕѕоurі, whіlе thе Mіѕѕіѕѕіррі соuld rіѕе 8 tо 10 fееt іn ѕоmе ѕроtѕ, іnсludіng St. Lоuіѕ. Prореrtу buуоutѕ, еnhаnсеd lеvееѕ аnd flood wаllѕ wіll lіmіt аnу dаmаgе, but ѕеvеrаl rоаdѕ, thоuѕаndѕ оf асrеѕ оf fаrmlаnd аnd а fеw hоmеѕ аnd buѕіnеѕѕеѕ wоuld bе іmрасtеd аnd ѕmаll lеvееѕ соuld bе оvеrtорреd.

Pоtеntіаllу wоrѕеnіng thе flооdіng іn thе nоt-tоо-dіѕtаnt futurе іѕ аnоthеr ѕtrоng ѕnоwѕtоrm іn thе nоrthеrn Plаіnѕ, ѕnоw thаt wіll еvеntuаllу mеlt аnd trісklе іntо rіvеrѕ. Thе nеwеѕt ѕуѕtеm соuld drор аѕ muсh аѕ 15 іnсhеѕ оf ѕnоw іn wеѕtеrn Sоuth Dаkоtа bу Thurѕdау, fоrсіng ѕсhооlѕ tо сlоѕе аnd mаkіng trаvеl dаngеrоuѕ. It fоllоwѕ а wееkеnd ѕtоrm thаt dumреd а ѕіnglе-dау rесоrd 17.3 іnсhеѕ оf ѕnоw оn Bіѕmаrсk, N.D.

Deep South May See Twisters Early This Week – Severe Weather On Tap for Plains and Midwest

The National Weather Service said late Sunday that the Deep South is going to be under the gun for tornado activities early this week. Following on the heals of a very slow beginning to the United States’ severe weather season, things are beginning to fall into place that will lead to a more active period of weather in April. The states of Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri face the biggest threats of tornadoes Tuesday but even locations like St. Louis, MO and Memphis, TN are at high risk for twisters.

In terms of economic damage, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are the top weather phenomena in the nation. The United States has more tornadoes than any other country on earth. Every year, about 1,200 twisters claim the lives of dozens while causing damages into the hundreds of millions of dollars. March 2013 has been unusually quiet in terms of tornadic activity as there were only 17 tornadoes reported.

Forecasters across the nation agree that an active and unsettled wet week is ahead for much of the country. Maybe its just a coincidence that this week is Severe Weather Awareness week. But, seeing that the United States’ peak tornado season runs from mid-April through May, it really is no fluke that there is the chance of very severe weather developing now. Southern lower Michigan and many cities in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois may see rainfall from between 2 to 4 inches Tuesday and Wednesday. This is because a stationary front is set to stall out across southern lower Michigan Monday through mid-week. This part of the country could also see strong winds, hail and possible tornadoes.

A massive supercell thunderstorm already struck the US this week. Sunday night, a severe storm dropped hail in nearly every county in Missouri and was moving north towards, Illinois creating challenges for property owners who may have neglected sump pump maintenance with a fairly subdued spring to date. That state also saw heavy rainfall, high winds and some flooding as the system checked into the area. It is a classic storm set-up for the mid portion of the country over the next few days. A strong low is forming on the front range of the Rocky Mountains that runs up toward the Great Lakes and drags a cold front down into northern Texas. This is making conditions just right for the development of supercell storms which could bring winds as high as 60 miles per hour, heavy rains, lightening and damaging hail, not to mention the real threat of tornadoes.

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