Locally heavy, gusty storms to rip through southeastern US into Thursday evening
By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 01, 2018, 6:20:10 PM EST
Soaking rain and locally heavy thunderstorms will precede a sweep of cooler air across the southeastern United States into Thursday evening.
The same system that triggered flooding from northeastern Texas to the Tennessee Valley at midweek will pick up speed as it progresses through the Southeastern states.
“Stormy weather that has inundated the south-central U.S. this week will move into Georgia and the Carolinas through Thursday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.
Evening commutes from Augusta, Georgia, to Columbia, South Carolina, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, could be slowed as downpours and blowing spray from vehicles reduce visibility.
Farther north west from northern Alabama to southeastern Virginia, rain and blowing spray will force motorists to slow down. A low cloud ceiling may lead to airline delays in Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, for a time.
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“The strongest storms could produce localized damaging winds, but flooding is expected to be the most prevalent threat,” Eherts said.
The faster forward speed of the system will limit the threat of urban, flash and small stream flooding to a localized basis, mainly in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
Motorists are reminded never to cross a flooded roadway, as the water is likely deeper than it appears and the roadway underneath may be compromised.
A few of the strongest storms could cause damage to weak tree limbs, sporadic power outages and toss around outdoor furniture or other loose items.
The line of storms will tend to weaken as it moves toward the coast during the first part of Thursday night.
The damp weather will give way to cooler, less humid conditions with abundant sunshine from Friday into the weekend, according to Eherts.
The more comfortable conditions will sweep all the way across the Florida Peninsula.
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