Numerous Violent Storms Striking the Southeast

By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
March 25, 2012, 11:19:11 PM EDT

Violent thunderstorms, including a few tornadoes, will continue to threaten communities in the Southeast tonight.

Thunderstorms that have already left a trail of hail will remain on a rampage through southern Virginia and the Carolinas into tonight.

Most of the severe weather has come to an end across southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida.

The most numerous violent thunderstorms are being found within a broken line that formed from southwestern Virginia to central South Carolina during the mid-afternoon hours.

This line will continue to track eastward through the overnight hours, targeting the coastal plain of the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia.

The weather is anything but calm ahead of this line. Drenching and locally severe thunderstorms will remain on a northward track along the I-95 corridor in North Carolina and southeastern Virginia through the early evening hours.

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In addition to hail, the strongest thunderstorms are capable of unleashing damaging winds, flooding downpours and isolated tornadoes.

One violent thunderstorm from earlier today slammed Groundhog Mountain, along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, with baseball-sized hail, breaking the windows of a home.

Golf ball-sized hail busted out the windshield of a car near Mount Herman, N.C.


The culprit behind the severe weather is the storm that sparked Friday's deadly tornadoes in the Ohio Valley and Deep South.

Damaging winds and hail will remain a concern across eastern North Carolina and neighboring southeastern Virginia on Sunday as the potent storm slowly pushes offshore.

Dry weather will replace the severe weather threat across the East Coast on Monday. The danger will instead shift to the northern Plains this day as the storm impacting California this weekend emerges from the Rockies.

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