Millions in Path of South Severe Storms

By , Senior Meteorologist
March 23, 2013; 9:00 PM ET
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As a major storm tracks across the Central states, severe weather will continue to erupt from eastern Texas to Florida during this Palm Sunday weekend.

Blinding downpours and flooding could disrupt travel and foil outdoor activities during the Palm Sunday weekend. However, there is the potential for more violent weather conditions that could threaten lives and property in part of the Deep South.

The same complex storm system that spread substantial snow from Denver to St. Louis to Indianapolis this weekend also sparked powerful thunderstorms from northeastern Texas and Louisiana to Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

Additional storms will fire in Florida, Georgia and Alabama on Sunday. Some of these storms will be severe with strong wind gusts and hail. The greatest risk for isolated tornadoes is over the central and northern counties of the Florida Peninsula into Sunday evening.

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Many of the thunderstorms have already unleashed hail. That trend will continue, along with more numerous thunderstorms producing cloud to ground lightning strikes, damaging winds and blinding downpours.

On Sunday, the severe weather threat will be greatest from coastal South Carolina to the central Florida peninsula. This includes Beaufort, S.C., Savannah, Ga. and Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.

A return of sunshine, combined with cold air moving aloft over Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle could make the atmosphere unstable enough to bring another round of storms Sunday. An approaching cold front would be the focusing point for the storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.


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