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    Flooding Downpours, Travel Delays Target Atlanta to NYC, Boston

    By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
    June 13, 2014; 8:17 PM ET
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    Umbrellas, raincoats and patience will be needed across the East into Friday evening as showers and thunderstorms continue to drench the region.

    Showers and thunderstorms will become more numerous into the evening hours on Friday.

    Outdoor events such as Friday evening ball games and barbecues in the Appalachians and along the Atlantic Seaboard could experience substantial delays and possible postponements as rounds of showers and thunderstorms impact the region.

    If you plan on traveling around the I-95 corridor through Friday night, you may want to allow for some extra travel time. Be prepared for weather-related flight delays at the major hubs from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; New York City and Boston.

    The combination of an approaching cool front and lingering Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic will help to fuel torrential downpours which can result in localized flash flooding.

    Communities that have already been hit with drenching storms this week are at higher risk for flooding due to the ground already being saturated with water.

    This includes the Philadelphia area after a slow-moving thunderstorm unloaded 2.59 inches of rain on the city Tuesday afternoon.

    Thursday night's rain brought flooding issues to parts of Pennsylvania and New York. Several roads and houses in Warren County, Pennsylvania were flooded and occupants were forced to evacuate.

    Bennington, New York was hit hard with flooding as well. Several residents were evacuated from flooded homes by fire department personnel.

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    A few stronger thunderstorms may also develop during the afternoon hours with wind gusts as strong as 55 mph possible.

    While these storms are not expected to become widespread, they may turn out to be strong enough to down tree limbs and perhaps cause sporadic power outages.

    Those in the Northeast looking to enjoy some time outdoors this weekend can expect much drier weather as high pressure builds in from the Midwest. The fair weather system will not only bring a return of sunshine, but will also lower the humidity. However, showers are forecast to linger over eastern and northern New England on Saturday, before the clearing and drier weather arrives at night and continues on Sunday.

    The same cannot be said for the Southeast and portions of the Plains this Father's Day weekend.

    Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story.

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