Severe Storms To Slice Through ‘Sticky’ Region

Severe Storms To Slice Through 'Sticky' Region

STATE COLLEGE PA – Heavy, gusty, and locally severe thunderstorms (at top and above) are forecast Thursday (July 1, 2021) for parts of the mid-Atlantic region, including western Montgomery County and the remainder of the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area, according to an article published by Meteorologist Jessica Storm for State-College-based AccuWeather Inc.

Separately, AccuWeather repeated a Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission alert that warned of reduced air quality through Wednesday (June 30) at midnight, also across the metro.

Local storm risks

“Storms will include the ongoing potential of flash flooding and strong wind gusts, as well as the risk of isolated tornadoes, especially in the Chesapeake Bay region,” the meteorologist reported. But she added that, “while dangerous, these storms can bring beneficial rain to parts of the Northeast in need of it.”

She urged drivers to use caution on roadways, as heavy rainfall can produce pooling of water and a heightened risk of hydroplaning at highway speeds. Interstates 81, 90 and 95 will be among Pennsylvania’s highly affected roadways, Storm wrote.

Air quality alert

The commission has issued a “code orange” air quality alert for the Philadelphia Metro area.

A code orange alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. They include children, people suffering from asthma, people suffering from heart disease or other lung diseases, and the elderly.

The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

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