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Severe storm forecast to disrupt Open's first round

11th hole at Merion GC
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ARDMORE, Pa. – Derecho | da'ra? ch o | noun: a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging straight-line winds.

THIS is scheduled to hit HERE Thursday afternoon at Merion. 

Yes, according to several weather reports a derecho has been forecast to slam through the area and wreak major havoc on the first round of the 113th U.S. Open. 

“There could be some really high winds with us, potentially damaging winds, even some hail,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “That’s kind of worst-case scenario. It’s going to be probably mid-afternoon or later, too. So I think [Thursday] morning we’re looking OK.” 

At the time of this posting, one weather report says there is a 60 percent chance of showers beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Those showers are expected to turn to thunderstorms around lunchtime and the most dangerous weather with heavier winds is scheduled to hit around 4 p.m. ET.

Wednesday at the U.S. Open, derecho was the word of the day. Seems it's likely that’ll be the same case Thursday too.