Ohio to South Carolina Brace for More Severe Weather

May 11, 2011; 7:28 AM ET
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After violent thunderstorms left a trail of damage from Ohio to South Carolina on Tuesday, additional rounds of severe weather threaten to do the same into Thursday.

The corridor from Ohio to South Carolina already started Wednesday off on an unsettled note with the remains of Tuesday's severe weather rumbling.

More potent thunderstorms will once again target the region this afternoon after daytime heating destabilizes the atmosphere.

Similar to Tuesday, the thunderstorms will come in from a rather odd direction: slightly west of north.

Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski stated, "As a result the storms may catch some people off guard as they may think a storm has passed by to the north, when in fact it is approaching from the north."

The main area at risk for potentially damaging thunderstorms this afternoon lies from South Carolina to northeastern Florida. This includes Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and Jacksonville, Fla.

Intense thunderstorms farther north in the vicinity of Ohio will be spottier in nature this afternoon. This evening will turn more volatile as severe thunderstorms from the nation's midsection arrive.

These thunderstorms will then track southward into the Carolinas late tonight into Thursday morning.

The stage will be set for another round of severe thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The strongest thunderstorms through Thursday will be capable of unleashing damaging winds, window-cracking hail and flooding downpours.

Any tornado that touches down would be an isolated event.

Elevated Brushfire Risk Continues

A common occurrence with the thunderstorms will be frequent lightning strikes, go figure! However, while many of the storms will bring drenching rain, a few areas may get a great deal of lightning and practically no rain.

"Because of this the storms could ignite new brush fires," Sosnowski added.

According to Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, "The Honey Prairie Fire has consumed over 90,000 acres and has now spread into northern Florida from Georgia."

This fire and many others burning in parts of the South have been caused by lightning strikes and will lead to smoky conditions in downwind areas.

"The smell of smoke may be most noticeable during the nighttime and morning drive hours. This is when winds are generally light and a temperature inversion tends to trap the smoke in the lowest layers of the atmosphere," Sosnowski said.

Weather Maps

A stalled frontal boundary draped across the region will serve as a focal point for each round of severe weather. This boundary separates cool, dry air gracing the Northeast and the steamy air in place across the central and western Gulf Coast area.

The unsettled weather will not end with Thursday. Instead, the arrival of a slow-moving storm system will spark drenching thunderstorms across the region on Friday into the weekend.


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