After multiple days of severe weather in the Plains and Southeast, the risk area shifts into the Middle Atlantic today. On Wednesday, more than a dozen tornadoes touched down in the Southeast and Ohio Valley.
Reports of wind damage were received from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rain produced flooding in Georgia and Missouri.
Large hail was the most problematic and widespread severe weather issue on Wednesday. Hail the size of golf balls to baseballs were reported in several states.
A Tornado Watch has already been issued this morning for Virginia and North Carolina. An enhanced severe weather risk has been posted for today by the Storm Prediction Center in the Mid Atlantic.
Large hail and tornadoes are possible over the region, but strong wind gusts are the biggest severe weather threat today, especially from Chesapeake Bay to the Outer Banks.
One line of severe storms is moving through the region now, with another line likely to develop later this afternoon along a cold front. Strong winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes are possible.
This evening, the chance for severe storms will be right along the coast. By later tonight, the front will shift offshore and the severe weather threat will end as colder air rushes into the region.
The Plains and East will see a break from severe weather for several days as chances shift to the West. There is a marginal risk for severe storms Friday in the Pacific Northwest and another severe weather threat on Sunday in the Upper Midwest.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels