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Severe thunderstorms hit the Capitol on May 14, 2018. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A day after a damaging weather event roared through Washington, a set of severe storms is hitting states in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, with expectations of derecho-like weather of wind damage, isolated tornadoes and large hail up to the size of a baseball.

Why it matters: The storms are likely to disrupt primary voting in central and eastern Pennsylvania, where every congressional district is holding a primary on Tuesday due to redistricting. They could also damage property and threaten lives from Washington to Boston, with New York City and Philadelphia at greatest risk.

What's happening now: All of the ingredients for an outbreak of severe thunderstorms are coming together on Tuesday, from the direction and speed of winds in the atmosphere to the presence of what's known as an "elevated mixed layer" at about 18,000 feet.

  • Such a phenomena can keep a lid on the atmosphere as heat and humidity build up during the day, triggering thunderstorms at the time when there is the most potential energy to tap into.
  • Already there are reports of power outages and severe weather warnings, with wind gust of 112 mph recorded in State College, Pa., earlier today.

Is this climate change? Some studies show that as the climate warms, days with an extremely unstable air mass will become more frequent, potentially leading to more events like this. But this is still an active area of research.

Go deeper: Stay on top of local watches and warnings from the National Weather Service and watch the latest satellite loop of the storms.

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The latest: Asked Wednesday afternoon whether Tanden has offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki told reporters, "That’s not the stage we’re in." She noted that it's a "numbers game" and a "matter of getting one Republican" to support the nomination.

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: Capitol Police did deploy lethal force on Jan. 6 — shooting and killing 35-year-old Ashli Babbit — but have faced questions over why officers appeared to be less forceful against pro-Trump rioters than participants in previous demonstrations, including those over Black Lives Matter and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby believes that people will feel safe traveling again by this time next year, depending on the pace of vaccinations and the government's ongoing response to the pandemic, he said at an Axios virtual event.

Why it matters: Misery for global aviation is likely to continue and hold back a broader economic recovery if nothing changes, especially with new restrictions on international border crossings. U.S. airlines carried about 60% fewer passengers in 2020 compared with 2019.