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Severe storms to threaten damaging winds from Missouri, Arkansas to Tennessee into Thursday night

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 10, 2017, 2:46:27 AM EST

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The risk of thunderstorms strong enough to cause property damage and power outages will sweep across portions of the southeastern United States into Friday morning.

The storms can produce the full spectrum of severe weather ranging from large hail, torrential downpours to frequent lightning strikes and damaging wind gusts. A few of the strongest storms produced tornadoes in southern Missouri on Thursday afternoon, but the threat for tornadoes has greatly decreased during Thursday night.

The first storms erupted over portions of eastern Kansas central Missouri during Thursday afternoon. These storms produced some of the largest hail out of all of the thunderstorms through the first part of Thursday night.

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Large hail that fell near Quicny, Missouri on Thursday afternoon. (Photo/Twitter user @slothwx)

Heavy thunderstorms will continue to push southward across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia through Friday morning.

Static Severe into Thu night

Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta could face a heavy and gusty thunderstorm during this time.

Parts of the region could face a wet and slower-than-normal Friday morning commute.

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The rain and thunderstorms are expected to break apart as they move approach the Gulf Coast mid-morning Friday.

Following the severe weather threat into early Friday, a colder storm will drop southeastward across the central U.S. with the potential for accumulating snow in portions of the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio valleys, as well as the southern Appalachians this weekend.

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