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Severe weather expected to affect 60 million Americans Monday

20 June 2017

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect for the entire DE and Lehigh valleys until 8 p.m.

Severe weather is most likely between 3 and 8 p.m., the National Weather Service says. All of the storms will produce heavy rain and frequent lightning.

Central Maryland is under a Flash Flood Watch through 8 p.m. but so far, no warnings have been issued.

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A heavy amount of rain is possible in a short amount of time. We have a lot of components that are conducive to strong storms for tomorrow.

Monday night is the time when rain is most likely. Areas near Phoenix could hit 120 degrees Fahrenheit Monday afternoon. Flash flooding is a very unsafe situation. Damaging gusts and torrential downpours are the main threats in today's storms. Wind gusts could reach 70 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.

Large hail, about 1 inch in diameter or bigger, is also possible.

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Clouds may hold on a lot longer near New London County, reducing the likelihood of strong storms.

Ocean waders and swimmers should pay attention to flags and posted signs, and only swim near a lifeguard, the weather agency said. If possible, swim in a direction following the shoreline until the rip current releases you, or face the shore and call or wave for help.

The rain showers will clear out late in the evening and the weather should be quiet overnight.

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Monday starts off already very warm, very humid and muggy.

Severe weather expected to affect 60 million Americans Monday