A Few Gusty Storms with Hail Target Nashville to Atlanta

February 23, 2012; 4:53 AM ET
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A few severe storms with gusty winds and hail will rumble through the Southeast today and tonight.

Mild, humid air is streaming out of the Gulf of Mexico, providing enough fuel for locally severe thunderstorms.

Some thunderstorms are already pressing south and eastward across Tennessee, and some of them could turn severe by the afternoon.


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The main threats will be locally damaging wind gusts and hail the size of quarters. Localized power outages could occur as some of the storms will be capable of downing tree branches onto power lines.

Even storms that do not turn severe can produce frequent lightning. A fire was caused by a lightning strike in Murfreesboro, Tenn., this morning.

Nashville is among the cities that could face a strong thunderstorm popping up.

"A shelf cloud I chased down in Eastern NC yesterday afternoon, near the Pamlico Sound. Nothing came of it but a few showers," said AccuWeather.com Facebook fan The Uprooted Photographer.

By the afternoon and evening, potentially severe storms will arrive across northern Alabama, northern Georgia and western portions of the Carolinas.

Atlanta and Charlotte will be in the path of thunderstorms during the evening.

The threat exists for another round of locally severe storms late in the week across portions of the Tennessee Valley and South. A quick-hitting squall line of thunderstorms will develop and push across these areas. Once again, large hail and damaging winds appear like they will be the main risks.

Track the thunderstorms on radar:


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