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Severe Storms to Hit Friday From Atlantic City, NJ to Jacksonville, Fla.

By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
February 23, 2014, 12:09:11 AM EST

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After severe thunderstorms caused damage over the Central states Thursday night, the next stop will be the East Coast from Atlantic City, N.J., to Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.

The storms over the Central states on Thursday were responsible for more than 300 initial reports of severe weather, including more than a dozen possible tornadoes and hundreds of high wind or wind damage incidents.


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Although the system may be somewhat weaker when compared to Thursday, as many as 20 million people could be impact in some way by the storms on Friday as they reach the Atlantic Coast.

The storms passed through the central and southern Appalachians during Friday morning and midday with blinding downpours and gusty winds, but were gaining new strength upon nearing the coast and with warming of the day.


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The greatest risk from the storms will be caused by wind gusts that can reach 60 mph. Winds of this strength can down tree limbs, cause sporadic power outages and even produce minor property damage.

A locations from northeastern South Carolina to eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia have an elevated risk of a few tornadoes into early Friday afternoon.

As the squalls move through, flight delays are possible at major airports from New York City to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. The storms in many areas will be limited the middle of the day Friday.

Flash, urban and small stream flooding will be another aspect of the storms that can lead to delays on the streets, highways and rural roads.

A few locations can experience hail.

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Gusty winds follow the showers and thunderstorms and will spread from the Midwest to the Appalachians and then part of the Atlantic Coast Friday night.

While the air is cooler and not as moist behind the front, cold air will hold up until next week in the East. Temperatures may be quite mild this weekend, especially during Saturday along the Atlantic Seaboard.

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