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    More Heavy, Gusty Storms: Mid-Atlantic, North Carolina

    By By Brian Thompson, Meteorologist
    May 15, 2013, 1:16:00 AM EDT

    Downpours and gusty thunderstorms moved through some communities across the mid-Atlantic and eastern North Carolina Saturday evening.

    A separate area of heavy thunderstorms is also rattling the Florida Peninsula.

    The strongest thunderstorms this evening will remain capable of producing damaging winds and some hail. Blinding downpours are a concern in not only these storms, but also the heaviest showers.

    The downpours threaten to cause urban and small stream flooding, especially in areas that have received heavy rainfall recently.

    One thunderstorm that crossed New York City at around 4 p.m. EDT first produced pea-sized hail and a 45-mph wind gust in Nutley, N.J. The strength of the winds downed a tree on Edgewood Avenue.

    A funnel cloud was sighted near Baltimore's Roland Park, proving that an isolated tornado touching down this evening cannot be ruled out.


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    Travelers, including those on Interstates 64 and 95, should stay alert for rapidly changing weather conditions, poor visibility and sudden gusts of wind in the heavier thunderstorms.

    Anyone with outdoor plans should keep a watchful eye to the sky and move inside if and when thunder is heard.

    The latest severe weather watches and warnings can always be found at the AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center.

    Farther to the south, the thunderstorms rattling the Southeast this evening may interfere with the Bojangles' Southern 500 NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C. Heavy thunderstorms are also pressing across Florida.

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    The cold front sparking the heavy thunderstorms this evening was responsible for the thunderstorms on Friday that knocked down trees and power lines near Pittsburgh and Altoona, Pa. Golf ball-sized hail was also reported northeast of Cleveland, Ohio.

    The cold front will move offshore tonight, allowing drier air to filter down from the northwest just in time for Mother's Day on Sunday.

    A second cold front will move through on Sunday, but should go through without any rain in most locations. The wind will pick up as much cooler air slides down from the northwest. This cooler air mass will a frost and freeze across the interior during the upcoming nights.

    Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Thompson. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to its content.

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