Severe storms, flooding threats (forecast video)

Severe thunderstorm outlook: Watch out for scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tonight from the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada all the way to the Mid-Atlantic. Some storms could be strong/severe—producing large hail and damaging winds—from Austin and San Antonio to Cheyenne, as well as from Knoxville and Louisville to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Flooding risk: Drivers may run into roadblocks due to flash flooding from the Ohio River Valley to the Mid-Atlantic coast. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Flash Flood Watches that include, but are not limited to the cities of Baltimore, Charleston (West Virgina), Cincinnati, Columbus, Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

Tropical update: Tropical Cyclone Vayu is still spinning over the Arabian Sea, but has lost a lot of steam. Maximum winds are down to 40 mph near the eye wall. If the storm gets close to northwestern India, it should cause only minor disruptions at ports due to wind and some heavy rain.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his 17 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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