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    South Bracing for More Tornadoes Tonight

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist.
    April 17, 2011, 10:39:07 AM EDT

    A storm system with a history of multiple tornadoes will continue to push eastward tonight, producing tornadoes in portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia and other states.

    There were a dozen reports of tornadoes Thursday afternoon and evening, encompassing portions of Kansas, eastern Oklahoma and the northeastern corner of Texas. At least nine people have died in these storms alone.

    During Friday, through the mid-afternoon hours, there have been more than two dozen additional tornado reports in Mississippi and Alabama. Some of these storms have hit heavily populated areas. This AccuWeather.com news story has more information.

    A disturbance moving along a cold front is giving the thunderstorms in the South.

    This disturbed area will lift northeastward and eastward into northern and western Georgia tonight, continuing the tornado and severe thunderstorm threat after dark in some cases as far south as southeastern Louisiana.

    Midwest at Risk Too

    Farther northwest, it is the spin of an upper level storm and colder air moving in aloft that is giving storms a boost and possible rotation in portions of Missouri and Illinois.

    While these storms lack the rich moisture supply, they can produce a couple of short-lived tornadoes as well.

    In addition to the risk of tornadoes these areas tonight, there is also the potential for large hail, damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and frequent lightning strikes.

    Saturday Concerns

    During Saturday, the greatest risk of severe thunderstorms will lie over the central and southern Atlantic Seaboard.


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    While the risk of tornadoes will be significantly lower than the past two days, even a couple of tornadoes hitting populated areas could result in disaster, multiple injuries and loss of life.

    High winds without thunderstorms, but with driving rain are also a concern for the mid-Atlantic area to the eastern Great Lakes. Meteorologist Heather Buchman has more details on the situation in the East Saturday.

    Another area of strong winds will continue to occur to the rear of the storm system in the clearing air over the central Plains.


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    Urban and small stream flooding is also a concern in the central Appalachians and over much of the mid-Atlantic with this storm.

    While the rain may only last several hours in some areas, it could be rather intense, not only disrupting travel, but foiling fun at outdoor sporting events.

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