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    Reports: Southeast Severe Storm Threat is Winding Down

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    March 27, 2013, 7:15:21 AM EDT

    UPDATE at 6:00 p.m. EDT Sunday:

    The severe storm threat will wind down as storms crossing Kentucky and Tennessee reach the Appalachians. This blog is no longer being updated.

    Scroll down to read severe storm reports on Saturday and Sunday.

    There were nearly 100 reports of damaging wind and hail on Saturday from around Dallas, Texas, to the Jacksonville, Fla., area.

    The severe weather danger has ended across northeastern Texas, the lower Mississippi Valley, northern Florida and Georgia.

    The danger is waning across central Florida on Sunday afternoon, but a handful of thunderstorms will continue to be monitored across the Tennessee Valley for the possibility of turning severe with damaging winds and hail.

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    See below for the latest updates on the unfolding storms and the resulting damage. For more information on today's severe weather threat, please read this news story.

    6:00 p.m. EDT Sunday: As thunderstorms across Kentucky and Tennessee reach the Appalachians, they will weaken.

    5:30 p.m. EDT Sunday: In the last hour, a storm with strong winds downed trees and power lines a few miles west of Livingston, Tenn.

    4:00 p.m. EDT Sunday: According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Pigott, the threat for severe storms across the Tennessee Valley will persist over the next few hours. Large hail and gusty winds are the biggest concerns with the thunderstorms crossing Kentucky and Tennessee.

    3:33 p.m. EDT Sunday: The thunderstorm that prompted concerns of a tornado across central Florida has pushed offshore.

    3:04 p.m. EDT Sunday: A report was received that winds gusted to 86 mph at the Orlando International Airport when the violent thunderstorm and possible tornado rolled through.

    2:56 p.m. EDT Sunday: Possible tornado has left the Orlando area, heading eastward. Places in the storm's path include the community of Christmas and places just north of Cape Canaveral.

    2:48 p.m. EDT Sunday: A report has been received of downed power lines and transformer fires in Dade City, Fla., in the wake of violent thunderstorms.

    2:43 p.m. EDT Sunday: Wind gusts were estimated between 50 and 60 mph near Altamonte Springs, Fla., as the powerful thunderstorm and possible tornado rolled through Orlando.

    2:35 p.m. EDT Sunday: A possible tornado is rapidly approaching Orlando.

    2:20 p.m. EDT Sunday: The thunderstorm discussed about below has strengthened and is capable of spawning a tornado. The possible tornado is on a path to track through Orlando.

    2:07 p.m. EDT Sunday: Violent thunderstorms should reach Orlando, Fla., in roughly 15 to 20 minutes. These thunderstorms have had a history of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds.

    1:23 p.m. EDT Sunday: After a lull in the severe weather, severe thunderstorms are pushing onshore north of Tampa. One thunderstorm dropped quarter-sized hail on Hudson, Fla.

    1:18 p.m. EDT Sunday: Dime-sized hail fell in Clarksville, Tenn.

    1:00 p.m. EDT Sunday: Thunderstorms capable of producing hail and damaging winds are developing across the western Tennessee Valley.

    11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday: Flash flooding continued in the Charleston, S.C. metro area with several streets closed due to high water from rain runoff.

    10:29 a.m. EDT Sunday: A gusty thunderstorm whipped through Jacksonville, Fla., kicking up a 49-mph wind gust at the city's International Airport.

    10:18 a.m. EDT Sunday: Severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds and hail is passing just northwest of downtown Jacksonville, Fla.

    10:15 a.m. EDT Sunday: Thunderstorm winds downed trees in residential areas of Nassau County, Fla.

    8:45 a.m. EDT Sunday: Flood waters are blocking some roads in Charleston, S.C.

    8:26 a.m. EDT Sunday: The eastbound lane of U.S. Route 84 near Boston, Ga., was blocked by a pine tree, which was downed by a gusty thunderstorm.

    7:50 a.m. EDT Sunday: A strong thunderstorm near Tallahassee, Fla., blew a pine tree down onto a truck and dropped trees onto I-10 at mile marker 199, blocking the eastbound lanes.

    7:25 a.m. EDT Sunday: Thunderstorm winds gusted to 50 mph at Fort Sumter, S.C.

    5:00 a.m. EDT Sunday: The threat for tornadoes is increasing in the central Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia. This includes Tallahassee.

    2:30 a.m. EDT Sunday: Severe thunderstorm activity is currently at a minimum, but the threat for small hail and gusty winds will continue through the rest of the early morning hours for central Alabama and Georgia. Storms will gain strength again across southern Alabama, Georgia and Florida later this morning and into the afternoon.

    12:30 a.m. EDT Sunday: Thunderstorms with dime to golf ball size hail continuing to impact central AL, and will head for west-central GA later.

    8:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: In Orange Park, Fla., 2.75 inches of rain fell over a 6 hour period.

    8:03 p.m. EDT Saturday: Several reports of hail are coming in from across Alabama and Mississippi.

    5:00 p.m. EDT Saturday: Strong wind gusts and hail is impacting Saint Augustine, Fla. The picture below is courtesy of Twitter user @walter_boyd.


    3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: Thunderstorms are beginning to increase in coverage across the central Gulf Coast. Some of the thunderstorms are turning severe. One such thunderstorm dropped penny- to nickel-sized hail on Malbis, Ala.

    3:20 p.m. EDT Saturday: The violent thunderstorm has cleared St. Augustine, Fla., but not before dropping hail as large as half dollars five miles west-southwest of St. Augustine Beach, Fla.

    2:44 p.m. EDT Saturday: AccuWeather.com meteorologists remain concerned that a thunderstorm capable of spawning a tornado will reach St. Augustine Beach in about 15 minutes. Even if a tornado is not sighted, this is a dangerous storm with damaging winds, large hail and downpours.

    2:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: AccuWeather.com received a report of baseball-sized hail near Lawtey, Fla.

    2:01 p.m. EDT Saturday: The thunderstorm that remains capable of spawning a tornado, along with large and damaging hail, is currently located near Lawtey, Fla., heading on a path toward St. Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach.

    2:00 p.m. EDT Saturday: Farther to the west, a new severe thunderstorm watch box has been issued from southern Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle. This box is in effect until 9 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. CDT).

    1:40 p.m. EDT Saturday: The thunderstorm being closely monitored by AccuWeather.com meteorologists dropped two inches of rain on Lake City, Fla., in 30 minutes.

    1:31 p.m. EDT Saturday: The thunderstorm capable of spawning a tornado near Lake City, Fla., is beginning to turn to the east-southeast, which would take it just south of downtown Jacksonville. Residents in the southern suburbs should continue to monitor this storm.

    1:23 p.m. EDT Saturday: AccuWeather.com meteorologists are extremely concerned that the tornado just east of Lake City, Fla., will spawn a tornado.

    1:07 p.m. EDT Saturday: A severe thunderstorm that has a history of producing golf ball-sized hail, in Wellborn, Fla., is riding eastward along Interstate 10 toward Jacksonville. This storm continues to show signs that a tornado is attempting to form.

    12:47 p.m. EDT Saturday: Radar indicates that a thunderstorm is showing signs of rotation, an indication that a tornado may be attempting to form, near the intersection of Interstates 10 and 75 in northern Florida.

    12:26 p.m. EDT Saturday: A thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds is passing just north of Jacksonville, Fla.

    12:10 p.m. EDT Saturday: Golf ball-sized pounded Alma, Ga.

    11:20 a.m. EDT Saturday: Multiple trees and power lines were downed in Nashville, Ga., by a severe thunderstorm. There were also several reports of hail.

    11:17 a.m. EDT Saturday: Thunderstorm that has a history of producing quarter-sized hail and is capable of unleashing damaging winds is heading toward the communities of Pearson and Douglas in southeastern Georgia.

    11:03 a.m. EDT Saturday: A severe thunderstorm watch box is now in effect for northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia until 5 p.m. EDT. Jacksonville, Fla., and Valdosta, Ga., are among the communities in this zone.

    10:58 a.m. EDT Saturday: Quarter-sized hail covered the ground near Sparks, Ga.

    10:25 a.m. EDT Saturday: Flightstats.com reports nearly 300 flights arriving or departing Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have been delayed in the wake of the rain and thunderstorms from this morning.

    10:18 a.m. EDT Saturday: The thunderstorm that unleashed hail as large as ping pongs near Dallas, Texas, is weakening as it heads toward Gilmer, Texas.

    9:56 a.m. EDT Saturday: As seen on radar, two separate hail-producing thunderstorms had split Tallahassee, Fla., with one passing to the north and the other bypassing the city to the south.

    9:15 a.m. EDT Saturday: A thunderstorm dropped quarter-sized hail on Seagoville, Texas, which is located southeast of Dallas.

    8:47 a.m. EDT Saturday: Quarter-sized hail pounded Clarksville, Fla.

    8:30 a.m. EDT Saturday: Hail as large as ping-pong balls slammed Crowley, Texas.

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