March 25, 2010

Gusty Storms Rumble Over the South

A storm system will overspread the eastern third of the nation today.

Rain will inundate the Ohio Valley, while showers and a few gusty thunderstorms roam farther south.

Windswept rain will soak a swath from southern Missouri into the interior Northeast today. The steadiest rain will target the Ohio Valley for much of the day before shifting into the mid-Atlantic tonight.

Rainfall totals on the order of half an inch to an inch, with locally higher amounts, can be expected over this area through tonight. This could lead to flooding along area streams and small rivers, as well as in urban and low-lying areas as the rain pours down.

Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms will dampen areas farther south all the way to the Gulf Coast. A few strong storms could rattle parts of Mississippi, Alabama, northwestern Georgia and southern Tennessee into this evening.

These isolated, but scrappy thunderstorms will be capable of producing flooding downpours, damaging wind gusts and hail as they prowl across the area. As always, potentially deadly lightning will be a threat as well.

The risk for severe weather will diminish tonight as the thunderstorms advance eastward over the remainder of the Southeast. However, a gusty thunderstorm or two will still be possible, especially along the northern portion of the Florida Peninsula.

Story by Meteorologist Katie Storbeck.

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