A tornado ripped past a New Jersey office, Baltimore has been hit with flash flooding and more than 700 flights have been cancelled at the three airports in the New York metropolitan area, as thunderstorms batter the East Coast.
More than 200 flights have been cancelled at John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday while more than 300 were cancelled at LaGuardia Airport. Newark Liberty Airport had the most cancellations with over 400 , according to FlightAware. Another 1,000 delays were recorded at the three airports.
Dramatic video footage from Springfield, New Jersey - about 10 miles away from Newark Airport shows office workers watch in disbelief as a twister passes.
Meteorologists estimated winds in the tornado reached speeds of 70mph, according to WCVB. There appears to be no damage.
Severe thunderstorm watches have been established for until 9pm eastern time for southern New England, southern New York, eastern Pennsylvania and all of New Jersey and Delaware.
Dramatic video footage from Springfield, New Jersey - about 10 miles away from Newark Airport shows office workers watch in disbelief as a twister passes
Another thunderstorm watch for 9pm central time was also given for western Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi, southeastern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Another watch was made for 8pm eastern time for eastern North Carolina, eastern Virginia, much of Maryland and for D.C.
Hail and flash flooding is expected in some areas. Wednesday's storm comes after heavy flooding in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon.
The wet weather struck late in the afternoon and dumped two inches of rainfall on the area in less than two hours, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The heavy storms left people stranded, requiring some to be rescued meanwhile others were left to wait until it passed, according to the WBALTV. The site urged drivers not to drive in flooded roads, stating 'turn around, don't drown.'
In footage obtained by DailyMail.com, which showed one of the streets, rows of cars were swamped with water that reached above the vehicles' tires. One MINI Cooper, which had its warning lights flashing, was covered above the bumper.
One observer, Laura Beklik who observed the gushing waters on Tuesday, said: 'As we came out, the water just started emerging very fast, very fast, and I was already in a flood in Ellicott City, start floating away.'
The storm also knocked out power to several thousand customers, WBALTV reported.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said that eight fire engines, the swift water rescue team and a battalion chief was dispatched to Baltimore City to help deal with the flooding.
'I want to again thank our public safety personnel for their professionalism and regionalism as we stand ready to assist,' he added.
A flooded street is seen in Baltimore on Tuesday. The wet weather struck late in the afternoon and dumped two inches of rainfall on the area in less than two hours