Tornado Watch Covers More Than 15 Million People Across Mid-Atlantic
The alert was issued as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred moved through the region.,
More than 15 million people in the Mid-Atlantic are under a tornado watch.
By Neil Vigdor
- Aug. 18, 2021, 2:18 p.m. ET
For the second day in a row, a vast expanse of the East Coast faced a tornado threat on Wednesday in the wake of Tropical Depression Fred, with more than 15 million people in the Mid-Atlantic under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Eastern time, the National Weather Service said.
The watch extended to parts of four states — Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania — and included Washington, D.C.
The Weather Service said that isolated wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour were possible in the region, in addition to marble-size hail.
On Tuesday night, the Weather Service issued at least 10 tornado warnings in North and South Carolina, meaning that a tornado had been spotted or picked up on radar. Tornadoes were reported on Tuesday in Edgefield, S.C., and in Iredell County, N.C., about 50 miles north of Charlotte.
There were no immediate reports of injuries associated with those tornadoes, but the death of a Florida man on Monday was attributed to Fred. The News Herald of Panama City, Fla., reported that the man lost control of his car while driving through floodwater. Other parts of the Southeast also experienced heavy flooding in the storm’s wake.