Eastern Seaboard to turn stormy this weekend

May 22, 2010; 3:47 AM ET
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Showers and thunderstorms will dampen a vast portion of the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. Outdoor weekend activities may have to be put on hold for a time as the scattered showers and storms meander through.

The wet weather will arrive with a storm system that will press through the mid-Atlantic this weekend. Today, stormy conditions can be expected from the eastern Great Lakes to the Southeast Coast, including in Syracuse, Buffalo, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Raleigh and Charlotte.

This afternoon into this evening, some feisty thunderstorms will erupt over North Carolina into northern South Carolina. These gusty storms will be capable of producing destructive winds and hail as well as drenching downpours that could lead to isolated flooding problems.

It is important to remember that any thunderstorm can produce potentially deadly lightning. Be sure to head indoors if a thunderstorm enters your vicinity this weekend.

Southern New England and the coastal mid-Atlantic will escape the damp weather today. However, spotty showers and thunderstorms will arrive overnight and persist most of the day on Sunday.

This same storm system sparked violent storms in the Ohio Valley and from Mississippi into Georgia on Friday. Torrential downpours inundated some cities and towns with over an inch and a half of rain, causing flood waters to sweep over numerous area roadways.

The thunderstorms also unleashed golf ball-sized hail and damaging wind gusts over the area and even spawned a few tornadoes in Edgar County, Ill. Meanwhile, a lightning strike sparked a fire at a downtown warehouse in Haleyville, Ala., destroying the building.

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