Severe storms threaten to cause damage, endanger lives and disrupt travel across portions of the mid-Atlantic from eastern North Carolina to the Delmarva Peninsula.
Numerous watches and warnings are in effect across the mid-Atlantic.
The feisty thunderstorms are igniting along a powerful cold front pushing across the region. Mild and moist air in place ahead of the front is providing plenty of fuel for the storms to turn severe.
The biggest threats of the storms are isolated tornadoes, potentially damaging wind gusts over 60 mph and flash flooding.
While the threat for tornadoes is not very high or widespread, any tornadoes that do touch down may be shrouded by rain.
If a tornado warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately.
The strongest gusts can topple power lines and trees. Any houses, businesses, vehicles or people in the path of falling trees will be at risk, while sporadic power outages may occur. Trees may also block some roadways, slowing or stopping traffic.
Motorists are urged to go slow in torrential downpours and watch for flash flooding. The blinding downpours will drop heavy rain (easily up to an inch) over a short amount of time, leading the the threat of flash flooding.
Travel may be slow along portions of I-40, I-64 and I-95.
The main threat for the storms will be during the first part of today, before the cold front, triggering the storms, shifts offshore during the afternoon.
A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas and Kansas.
A large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions for days.
A slow-moving low pressure system will make residents of the Northwest reach for their raincoats and umbrellas each day through the remainder of the week.
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