Severe thunderstorms race across Northeast producing wind damage

The storms triggered alerts and knocked down trees and power lines, especially in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

The Northeast experienced weather extremes of heat and dangerous storms on Thursday with dozens of reports of wind damage from Northern Virginia through New Hampshire.

Before the wet weather arrived, the Storm Prediction Center issued Severe Thunderstorm Watches for millions across the I-95 corridor, which included Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The storms triggered alerts and knocked down trees and power lines, especially in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. 


After the storms rolled through, more than 10,000 outages were reported across the region, according to data from

Police in Dublin, New Hampshire reported several trees down from the severe storm on Thursday afternoon.

The storms also kept firefighters busy in Massachusetts with a large building on the campus of the American International College in Springfield struck by lightning. 

The college said no one was in the building when a fire erupted after the lightning strike.

"Courniotes Hall on the campus of American International College (AIC) was struck by lightning this afternoon. Campus Police did a walk through to ensure that no students, faculty, or staff were inside and that the building was cleared. Courniotes Hall houses AI's nursing program and provides classroom space for additional health sciences courses. While there is significant damage to the building, AIC is committed to taking all actions necessary to ensure that we provide students with continuity in their course of studies in the fall of 2023," President Hubert Benitez said in a statement.

Northeast already hit hard by severe storms this week

Severe weather already pounded the mid-Atlantic and Northeast this week. 

According to the National Weather Service, a microburst was to blame for 70-mph winds Tuesday that downed trees and caused other damage in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

A funnel cloud was spotted swirling above the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday after a powerful line of storms swept through Washington.

Earlier this month, historic flooding in Vermont led to at least one death and catastrophic damage in several places.