A line of thunderstorms plowed through the Columbus area just before 6 p.m. and blew east, causing thousands to lose power. The storms were accompanied by nickel- and quarter-size hail in northern and eastern Franklin County.
The temperature peaked in the upper 70s before the storms arrived, which knocked readings down into the middle 60s. Showers and storms will weaken early tonight but linger for several hours across the region.
The weather is shaping up to be quieter on Labor Day, with a few spotty showers along a weak cold front sagging southeast by midday. The latter half of the day should be partly to mostly sunny and less humid, an finish to the holiday weekend for outdoor plans.
Warmer temperatures on Tuesday will precede a stronger cold front Wednesday that will mainly go through with some clouds, but little moisture, which will be cut off by the northward trek of Hurricane Dorian along the Florida/Georgia coast.
A nice early fall pattern will develop midweek through next weekend, with highs in the 70s and morning lows in the upper 40s and low 50s.
Dorian Category 5 Monster Hurricane
Dorian intensified rapidly this morning to a historic Category 5 hurricane (185 mph) in the northern Bahamas. Wind gusts were reportedly as high above 220 mph, according to the NHC. Landfall occurred at Elbow Cave, Abacos Island at midday. Data comes from Hurricane Hunters and radar, which could be catastrophic for portions of the Bahamas.
Latest model guidance continues to take the storm near the Florida coast late Tuesday, but with a northward turn that will skirt the coast. Landfall is becoming more likely on Thursday northeast of Myrtle Beach or over the Outer Banks of North Carolina Friday.
Tonight: Lingering showers, storms early, fog late. Low 64
Labor Day: Mix clouds and sun, less humid, shower east. High 80
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, warmer. High 84 (62)
Wednesday: Clouds and sun, sprinkle. High 80 (68)
Thursday: Mostly sunny, breezy, cooler. High 74 (55)
Friday: Sunny. High 76 (52)
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 77 (53)
Have a great holiday! -Ben