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Isolated Severe Storms in the Deep South This Evening

13 Dec 2016, 4:38 pm

A small area along the Gulf Coast has the potential to see isolated severe storms into tonight. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a marginal severe weather risk area for coastal Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. A few storms could produce brief strong wind gusts above 60 mph and large hail around 1 inch in diameter. SPC says a brief tornado cannot be ruled out, but a watch is not anticipated at this time. Instability is not very high, but there is enough shear aloft to sustain storms if they are able to develop.

A couple of tornado warnings were issued earlier this afternoon, and a few storms did produce wind damage and flooding rains. Ahead of a cold front, additional isolated severe storms are possible into this evening.

Areas of heavy rain are also possible, as moisture levels are high in the atmosphere. Most areas in the drought stricken south will welcome the additional rainfall, with totals above an inch possible with the storms.

Later this week, another severe weather risk is possible. On Saturday, strong storm system will bring a series of low pressure centers across the Southern Plains. With humidity increasing along the Gulf Coast states, the severe weather threat will be increasing.

There will be a threat for severe storms on Saturday, December 17th across eastern Texas, southern Arkansas, Louisiana,…

Posted by NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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