PORTLAND, Maine - Damaging winds knocked down trees and utility wires in parts of northern New England on today, flights were delayed in New York City and there were reports of a tornado in South Carolina as the East Coast braced for the remnants of violent weather that claimed 10 lives in Oklahoma.
Heavy rain, thunderstorms, high winds and hail moved through sections of the Northeast this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings and watches across Vermont, New Hampshire and most of Maine.
In northwestern South Carolina, authorities checked unconfirmed reports of a tornado, said Jessica Ashley, a shift supervisor for Anderson County's 911 center. The fire department responded to a report of roof damage to a home and callers said trees were blown over. No injuries were reported.
The weather service said thunderstorms and winds in excess of 60 mph in Vermont produced 1-inch-diameter hail and knocked down numerous trees and wires. In northern Maine, radar picked up a line of thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-sized hail and winds stronger than 70 mph. Forecasters warned of tornadoes.
The prediction for stormy weather in the New York City region produced delays at major airports. John F. Kennedy International Airport had delays of about two hours on departing flights, while La Guardia Airport was delayed nearly three hours, and Newark Liberty Airport was delayed more than three hours on arriving flights to New Jersey.
In the southern part of the United States, thunderstorms, high winds and hail were expected as part of a slow-moving cold front. Heavy rains could spawn flash flooding in some areas, the weather service said.
Meanwhile, residents in Oklahoma cleaned up after the storms there killed 10 people.