Powerful storms rolled across parts of the U.S. Monday afternoon and evening.
In east Texas, an F-1 tornado struck the small town of Grapeland Monday evening. The twister damaged roofs and downed trees, but no injuries were reported. County emergency management officials say several homes and businesses saw damage to patios and porches.
Severe storms blew through the eastern U.S. all day Monday as well. The National Weather Service office in State College, Penn., said storm spotters reported high winds, hail, and a few funnel clouds across the state. Most of the damage was limited to downed trees and power lines, and thousands were still without power Tuesday morning.
Forecasters said it was unusual for the severe weather to start in the morning, as powerful thunderstorms frequently appear in the afternoons and evenings in the eastern U.S.
In the Washington, D.C., area, forecasters reported wind gusts reaching almost hurricane force. Lightning also caused several house fires in northern Virginia and southern Maryland.
The extreme weather also roared through New York, New Jersey, and parts of western New England Monday afternoon. In one area of Saratoga County, New York, the National Weather Service reported straight line winds of up to 60 miles per hour. According to one severe weather report, as many as 12 trees on one street were knocked down.
A new round of storms is moving through the upper Midwest Tuesday, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
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