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    Isolated Tornadoes Threaten North Carolina, Virginia Into Thursday Evening

    By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    May 16, 2014, 12:48:02 AM EDT

    There is the potential for severe thunderstorms, including the risk of isolated tornadoes, into Thursday evening from part of North Carolina to northern Virginia.

    The storms are firing ahead of a zone of torrential rainfall that is advancing slowly through the Appalachians and southern Atlantic Seaboard.


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    Cities that can be hit with a thunderstorm containing damaging winds, hail, flash flooding and even a tornado include Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Charlottesville, Winchester, and Richmond and Lynchburg, Virginia.


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    "There is a chance storms become severe farther to the north in part of northern Maryland, the eastern West Virginia Panhandle and a portion of central Pennsylvania late Thursday afternoon," Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity said. "The severe weather threat is contingent on the amount of sunshine and heating that occurs versus a wedge of cool air to the east."

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    People living in or traveling through these areas should keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions. Storms will cross portions of the I-40, I-64, I-66, I-70, I-81 and I-95 corridors. Motorists should be alert for sudden low visibility and powerful wind gusts.

    There is the possibility of an isolated tornado, which could be concealed by heavy rain.

    The storms will weaken as they move farther to the east later Thursday night, but windswept rain will continue. Locally strong thunderstorms with gusty winds may ignite ahead of steady rain from part of Delmarva to New Jersey and southeastern New York state on Friday.

    As of late Thursday evening, a tornado was reported at the Miami International Airport and another tornado was reported with wind damage in Duhram County, North Carolina, reports NWS.

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