The Filipino Community is being advised to prepare for a derecho—large clusters of thunderstorms with damaging winds, hail and possibly some tornadoes—that is expected to hit the East Coast, the Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-West of the United States from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning.
The Philippine Embassy said the derecho, with winds as strong as 50 to 100 mph, could have effects similar to the windstorms that impacted in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area last year.
The potential storms are currently shifting East with damaging straight-line winds, large hail and a few tornadoes possible in the Mid-Atlantic States, including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Damaging straight-line winds and heavy rainfall are the main threats farther south from the southern Appalachians and Tennessee Valley to southern Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia.
There is a possible threat of strong winds not associated with thunderstorms which could down trees and power lines with gusts over 50 mph particularly in coastal New England and eastern Long Island.
Heavy rainfall is anticipated from the Upper Midwest into New England, including Chicago, Cleveland, New York City and Boston. The flood threat is also high from eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey into New England.
The Filipino Community is advised to wait out the storm indoors and to monitor developments related to the storm. Members of the Filipino Community should also immediately contact emergency responders by dialing 911 in the event of severe damages or physical injuries.
They may also call the emergency contact numbers of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. (202-368-2767) and the Consulates General in New York (917-294-0196) and Chicago (312-501-6458) for matters requiring their assistance.