Severe thunderstorms are striking Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, disrupting flights and threatening major damage.
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The storms are set to bring wind gusts of up to 70 mph.
Thunder rolled into the New York City area and a downpour hit Boston's Logan Airport as lightning cracked a tree in half in Philadelphia.
*Breaking* Tree explodes in Wissinoming section of Philadelphia after lightning strike as thunderstorms move through the area. Credit: Noi Heininger pic.twitter.com/29IMb9qbTI— Dan Patrick (@6abcDan) July 31, 2019
The severe thunderstorm watch will last until 9 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Erick and tropical storm Flossie are brewing in the Pacific Ocean.
Erick is a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 115 mph.
Erick will continue to slowly weaken over the next few days and is expected to become a tropical storm as it moves south of Hawaii.
Hawaii is not expected to see a direct impact from Erick besides possible large swells and dangerous surf over the weekend.