Locally strong storms to eye southern US into Monday
By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 23, 2018, 7:57:49 PM EDT
The threat for heavy and locally strong thunderstorms will slowly shift eastward across the southern United States into Monday.
While a severe weather event with the magnitude of the April 13-15 outbreak is not in store, residents across the region should remain weather aware as they go about their day.
Outdoor activities may need to be moved inside or postponed due to the wet conditions and the threat of lightning.
Following storms that produced hail around the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area on Saturday afternoon and flooding rainfall near Jackson, Mississippi, on Sunday, the stormy conditions will shift into the Florida Peninsula, Georgia and the Carolinas to kick off the traditional work week.
Beach-goers and boaters should keep a close eye to the sky and be on the lookout for dark, billowing clouds that would indicate a storm is approaching.
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As soon as thunder is heard, head indoors to avoid the risk of being struck by lightning.
The storms will lead to poor driving conditions on interstates 10, 20, 40, 75, 85 and 95. Reduced visibility and ponding of water on the roads may slow travel.
"During Monday, the potential for heavy, gusty to locally severe thunderstorms will focus on Florida, especially the Florida Peninsula," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
A few heavier storms could extend into a portion of southern Georgia and far southern South Carolina.
The main threats from Monday's storms will again be localized flooding and damaging wind gusts, but waterspouts are also possible near coastal areas of the Florida Peninsula.
Those with commutes along I-95 from Florence, South Carolina, to Florida's Space Coast should anticipate downpours that reduce visibility and slow travel.
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