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Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms, Flooding Rain May Impact Southeast This Weekend

19 Jan 2017, 8:14 pm

Tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and torrential downpours threaten the Southeast this weekend.

An energetic storm traveling across the Gulf States will enhance the risk of severe weather this weekend, especially with an unseasonably warm and humid air mass in place. Damaging winds and blinding rain will be the primary threats Friday and Saturday, with a secondary concern for tornadoes and large hail. Low lying areas that are prone to flooding may experience substantial ponding of water as rainfall rates may exceed one to two inches per hour.

On Friday, cities such as Jackson, Mobile, New Orleans and Alexandria are most at risk for severe weather.

The threat for severe weather expands east for Saturday. Cities such as New Orleans, Jackson, Birmingham, Atlanta and Tallahassee are most at risk for severe weather. Conditions will be favorable for supercells to develop, capable or producing tornadoes, damaging winds and very large hail, especially in southeast Alabama, the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia.

On Sunday, the threat for severe weather will be focused over Florida. Cities from Wilmington, NC to Ft. Myers, FL must be on alert for severe weather. Storms on Sunday may be stronger than those from Saturday. Residents should stay up-to-date on local weather alerts and forecast trends. Have a plan in place should severe weather strike.

 

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