A southward-sagging front is triggering not only drenching, but locally severe thunderstorms into Monday night.
Powerful, slow-moving thunderstorms are erupting again from Virginia southward to South Carolina, and reach as far westward as West Virginia.
Impressive thunderstorm ingredients have come together farther south where searing heat and humidity remain firmly entrenched. As a result, the thunderstorms have erupted south of the nation's capital this afternoon.
The most intense thunderstorms will cause damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and hail bigger than the size of quarters.
As of 9:00 p.m. EDT Monday, the storms had already rocked North Carolina with over 2.91 inches of rain in Guilford County and wind gusts to 52 miles per hour. Within the county, there are multiple road closures and significant urban flooding.
Strong winds were also the cause of downed trees and power lines across North and South Carolina.
On Sunday, thunderstorms along this same front caused an extreme blast of wind resulting in large, uprooted trees, flattened cornfields and the collapse of a building near Fredericksburg, Va.
Cities caught in the crosshairs Monday evening include Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Greensboro, N.C., Virginia Beach, Va., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Anyone in these areas should keep a watchful eye to the sky if thunderstorms approach. Heed all severe weather watches and warnings and be prepared to take swift action.
If you'll be out on the lake or at the beach from the southern Delmarva to Myrtle Beach, you'll need to pay especially close attention to the weather, as the thunderstorms will also contain dangerous, vivid lightning in addition to extreme winds and hail.
Be sure to keep checking back with AccuWeather.com for the latest severe weather information and updates.
Another round of rain is expected to move through the Carolinas on Saturday, which may lead to rises on some small streams and creeks.
“It was by far the most intimidating natural disaster I have ever chased,” Storm Chaser and Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said of the historic flooding in South Carolina.
Winter will kick off with mild weather in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as an intensifying El Nino influences the weather pattern across the country.
A fall-like weekend is in store for the Northeast, after rain and thunderstorms will dampen the region on Friday.
Joaquin continues its journey across the northern Atlantic toward Europe, where it is expected to impact Spain and Portugal this weekend.
Oho will hit parts of British Columbia and Alaska with drenching rain, gusty winds and pounding seas before the week comes to an end.
The East (1988)
Big early season chill Philadelphia 35 (tied record) Atlantic City 30 Newark, NJ 35 Bridgeport, CT 31 Hartford, CT 28
Binghamton, NY (2000)
1" of snow - the earliest date on record an inch or more of snow has fallen.
San Antonio, TX (2000)
A high temperature of 45 degrees (the average high on this date is 84 degrees).