Over the last 36 hours, tornadoes and strong winds have created damage from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico. The hardest hit areas were in Georgia and North Carolina Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms will continue to form tonight from the Middle Atlantic into the Southeast.
The severe weather threat extends from Southern Ohio to Florida tonight. Tornado Watches cover seven states as of this writing (6 p.m. ET Wednesday) and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues in Florida.
Isolated tornadoes are possible this evening, with the most likely areas being in North and South Carolina. Strong winds gusting over 60 mph are the biggest concern throughout the night.
Heavy rain has been falling in the Middle Atlantic with totals of several inches already this week. The hardest hit areas have been in North and South Carolina. Slow moving thunderstorms may produce additional flooding tonight.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from Southern Virginia to Eastern Georgia. Additional rainfall totals of 1″ to 3″ are possible tonight in the heaviest thunderstorms.
Strong Jet Stream dynamics continue to dive southward in the Eastern U.S. as a large trough drops down to the Gulf of Mexico. High humidity flowing in from the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico will help to fuel severe thunderstorms with heavy rain.
A strong low pressure center will drag a cold front through the region tonight. Severe thunderstorms will form ahead of the cold front and low. The most intense storms will develop close to the warm front.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels