Severe storms to rattle Southeast, southern mid-Atlantic into Sunday night
By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 16, 2018, 12:58:50 PM EDT
The storm that brought destructive thunderstorms to the south-central United States on Friday and the Deep South on Saturday will take aim at the Southeast into Sunday night.
Violent thunderstorms will focus on the corridor from the Florida Peninsula northward to the Carolinas and Virginia into Sunday night.
Flooding downpours and damaging winds will once again be the greatest threats, much like on Friday and Saturday.
One thunderstorm produced a 74-mph wind gust at Columbia Metro Airport in South Carolina.
Isolated tornadoes are also a danger. While a tornado outbreak is not expected, any tornado has the power to cause widespread damage and threaten both lives and property.
The greatest chance for tornadoes will extend from south-central southward through the Carolinas.
"Gusty winds and downpours will be the main risks as the thunderstorms push through Miami on Sunday night," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "However, a brief tornado spinning up along the coast cannot be ruled out."
Motorists traveling on Interstate 95 between Richmond and Miami will want to exercise caution in blinding downpours and high winds, since the risk for hydroplaning increases under these conditions.
In case of a tornado, never seek shelter under a bridge or overpass, as both debris and winds can get channeled beneath these structures.
"North of the severe weather, a band of heavy rain will push across the mid-Atlantic on Sunday night," Pydynowski said. "Localized flooding can develop in low-lying and poor drainage areas. This may include in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia."
Winds will also turn increasingly strong from the Chesapeake River to Philadelphia overnight.
"The windswept, heavy rain will then spread to New York City and New England on Monday, threatening to cause travel disruptions and miserable conditions at the Boston Marathon.
Across parts of New England, enough cold air will be in place for an icy mix before an eventual change to rain.
Behind the storm, yet another impressive shot of chilly air will dive into the East, with snow showers streaming as far south as the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 6:55:52 PM EST
The same storm set that brought feet of snow to Arizona will continue to blast the north-central United States with heavy snow and blizzard conditions this weekend.
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 4:05:21 PM EST
People from Louisiana and Mississippi to Kentucky need to remain vigilant for fast-moving severe thunderstorms that can contain dangerous tornadoes into Saturday night.
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 7:04:18 PM EST
A cargo jetliner operating for Amazon Prime Air crashed with three passengers while approaching Houston, Texas, on Saturday.
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 6:55:34 PM EST
While a severe weather outbreak, including the threat of tornadoes, is unfolding across the southern United States, flooding has prompted rescues across the Tennessee Valley on Saturday.
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 4:51:22 PM EST
While the weekend is expected to end with rain in Portland, Oregon, the stage is set for a snowstorm to start the new week and disrupt travelers and residents.
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 10:22:38 AM EST
After a dry weekend, a new storm is expected to return downpours and thunderstorms to northern India to close out February.
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 11:05:42 AM EST
Wutip, the strongest ever super typhoon to churn in the western Pacific Ocean during February, is lashing Guam with flooding rain, strong winds and pounding seas.
Weather News - February 23, 2019, 9:37:45 AM EST
Pounding seas will continue to spread along the eastern coast of Australia through the end of the weekend