The record heat and sunshine have been abruptly replaced by a weekend of storms, triggering a third day of severe weather threats in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast and an increasing threat of flooding near the Appalachians. And the rain will keep coming.
A slow-moving front trudging to the east has tapped into abundant moisture, courtesy of the lingering effects of the hot and humid airmass setting records in the region for several days this week.
Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts over 50-70 mph slammed the Northeast Friday, leaving tens of thousands without power in Massachusetts and New York and generating more than 200 storm reports for the NWS -- a vast majority reporting trees and/or power lines toppled in the ferocious gusts.
National Grid crews worked to restore power in Andover on Sunday.
A State of Emergency was declared in Dallas Township because of the flooding damage from the storms on Saturday. Back Mountain Regional Fire Rescue and EMS received more than 30 calls for flooded vehicles.
While showers and thunderstorms continue this weekend, the severe threat isn't quite as expansive for Sunday.
Flooding and wind gusts will be the biggest concern through the I-95 corridor, including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York.
Damaging wind gusts, again of 50-60 mph, are the greatest threat from severe thunderstorms, in addition to bursts of heavy rain and frequent lightning.
Flood Watches in effect for parts of the mid-Atlantic
A Flash Flood Warning is in place through Sunday afternoon for central Kent County and central Providence County, Rhode Island. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain has fallen in the area by Sunday afternoon with an additional 2 inches possible, according to the National Weather Service in Boston.
Farther south, it's not wind or hail, but the storms' heavy rains that are of concern.
Thunderstorms along and east of the Appalachians could see rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour, and repeated batches of storms could lead to flash flooding.
Flood Watches are in effect through Sunday night from southeast West Virginia and throughout eastern Virginia.
Workweek remains wet
Showers hold in the forecast Monday and, at times, into the middle of next week before drier weather gives residents a chance to wring out later next week.