Meanwhile, weather forecasts predicted that the severe heat would continue.
The hottest weather in the mid-Atlantic is expected around the Washington area, where temperatures on Friday reached 104, topping the record of 101 set in 1934.
The National Weather Service issued a heat warning on Saturday for Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Arizona.
The hot weather contributed to the ferocity of the storms, said Valerie Meola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “The heat primed the atmosphere,” she said. “There was plenty of instability in the atmosphere to tap into, and these thunderstorms certainly tapped into it.”
The winds ranged from 60 to 80 miles an hour, with the Weather Service tracking a top wind speed of 81 miles per hour in Tuckerton in southern New Jersey.
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