Drenching and gusty thunderstorms threaten to ruin weekend plans up and down the East Coast into this evening.
Today started with heavy thunderstorms rattling the central Gulf Coast, leading to flooded and impassible streets in North Slidell, La., early this morning.
Other streets and highways could face a similar fate into this evening as additional drenching thunderstorms rumble along the corridor from Savannah, Ga., to Norfolk, Va., to New York City to Boston, Mass., to Lebanon, N.H., and Portland, Maine.
Rainfall rates of an inch or more an hour in some of the thunderstorms through this evening will easily overwhelm storm drains, causing water to flood streets and basements.
Water could pond on roadways, significantly heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds.
In any downpour, it is better to seek shelter than use your umbrella if lightning is also present.
Even where flooding does not ensue, motorists should use caution as the downpours will dramatically reduce visibility.
Heavy bursts of rain could also lead to flooding of low-lying, poor drainage and urban areas.
"Small streams can rapidly rise and overflow their banks," warned AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
It is not just blinding and flooding downpours AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned about. A handful of the thunderstorms have and will become severe with damaging winds and frequent lightning.
Violent thunderstorms will even expand northwestward to the southern St. Lawrence Valley, home to Montreal, into this evening. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out here, while waterspouts remain a concern along the shores of lakes Erie and Ontario.
Residents and visitors along the East Coast will find that Sunday will actually be a better day for outdoor plans than this afternoon.
A shower or thunderstorm will continue to dot the region to close out the weekend, but this activity will be spotty and there will be less of a severe weather and flooding downpour threat.
The exception will be across eastern New England, including Boston. Additional thunderstorms triggering localized flash flooding are expected.
Umbrellas and raincoats will be put to good use by those along much of the Interstate-95 corridor as rain moves northward during the middle of the week.
Temperatures will rebound across the Northeast this coming weekend, after a setback with clouds and rain along the coast before Friday.
A storm from the Pacific Ocean will first raise the fire danger in California, then bring cooler air and spotty rain for firefighting efforts.
A chilly start to fall has provided a sufficient cold blast to bring out the vibrant colors of autumn leaves.
A storm moving up the Atlantic coast with rain will briefly disrupt the dry weather and warming trend this week around Washington, D.C.
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