Heavy, Gusty Thunderstorms Invading the Southeast

By By Danielle Knittle, Meteorologist
July 31, 2010, 12:00:29 PM EDT

Gusty and drenching thunderstorms will continue to bear down on a part of the Southeast into this evening.

The intense thunderstorms will target more areas from south-central Kentucky to northern Florida and much of South Carolina. The thunderstorms are erupting as a disturbance slices into the steamy air over the Southeast.

Cities that lie in the path of these powerful thunderstorms include Nashville, Tenn.; Augusta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; and Columbia, S.C.

The main threats with these thunderstorms will remain flooding downpours, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, and damaging wind gusts that could bring down tree limbs and power lines. Water ponding on roadways will also be a concern.

Upstate South Carolina experienced a couple of slow-moving thunderstorms this morning. Rain rates in parts of Greenwood County were up to 1 inch per hour, causing some of the local creeks to rise fast and likely flood the areas around them.

The rainfall this morning has made upstate South Carolina more susceptible to flooding from the thunderstorms into this evening.

The gusty thunderstorms should die down later this evening. However, downpours will still be an issue at times across the Carolinas tonight. This includes Charlotte, N.C., and Columbia, S.C.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.

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