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    Floods, Damaging Winds Target Northeast, Southeast

    By By Andy Mussoline, Meteorologist
    March 12, 2011, 2:10:46 AM EST

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    A nasty storm with a history of producing heavy snow, flooding rain and tornadoes will target the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Thursday into Friday.

    Heavy snow was reported across Wisconsin and Michigan Wednesday morning while flooding rain fell farther south into the Tennessee Valley. Severe, even tornadic, thunderstorms were rolling through the Gulf Coast states from Louisiana to Florida.

    This storm is on schedule to bring more snow and flooding rain to the Northeast through Thursday. Farther south, severe thunderstorms will threaten portions of the mid-Atlantic and Carolinas on Thursday.

    Possible Tornadoes Round out Mardi Gras Celebrations

    Reports of tornadoes in the New Orleans area rattled residents and remaining Mardi Gras revelers on the southern extent of the storm Wednesday morning.

    A 77-mph wind gust was recorded at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located about 10 miles west of Bourbon Street. Besides these hurricane-force wind gusts, the storms were responsible for producing nearly 4 inches of rain in a matter of hours.

    Reports of wind damage to homes and flash flooding came in from many areas of southeastern Louisiana.

    Reports of tornadoes continued Wednesday morning in the Mobile, Ala., area, situated about 150 miles east of New Orleans.

    More Heavy Rain Renews Northeast Flood Threat

    More heavy rain will fall over rain-weary areas of the Northeast as the storm moves into the region through Thursday.

    At least 1 inch of rain will fall across most of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Saturday morning. The heaviest will target eastern Pennsylvania and the Delmarva, where up to 4 inches could accumulate. This includes cities from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and Scranton, Pa.


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    Several rivers were experiencing moderate flooding across Connecticut and northern New Jersey as of Wednesday morning. The rain gauges in these areas could collect a couple of inches of rain through the end of the week, including the Passaic River in northern New Jersey.

    "Now I'm really prepared for it. I'm taking everything out. ... You just get ready for it and hope for the best," Corey Nielson, a resident in Little Falls, N.J., told NorthJersey.com.

    Other residents in flood-prone areas throughout the Northeast are urged to prepare for the upcoming rain.

    Severe Thunderstorms Target Virginia, North Carolina

    As severe thunderstorms rumbled across the Gulf Coast states on Wednesday, similar storms will target southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina on Thursday.

    A cold front will interact with warm, moist air across these areas, sparking dangerous thunderstorms across the aforementioned areas on Thursday.


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    The main threat will be damaging winds and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, but tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

    Norfolk, Va., Cape Hatteras, N.C., and Wilmington, N.C., will be among the many cities that the severe weather will target.

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