Saturday, March 24, 2012

Severe Weather Possible Across Portions of Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Today...

There is a risk of severe thunderstorm activity today across portions of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast and the adjacent coastal Plains from Virginia into southeast Georgia, as shown by the yellow shaded area on the above image.

The main threat will be strong, gusty winds and large hail, although an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Thunderstorms are already moving across much of North Carolina this morning and may produce locally severe weather through midday.  The main threat will come this afternoon as the atmosphere heats-up and (1). existing storms reorganize and/or intensify and (2). new thunderstorms develop in the moist, unstable airmass across the severe weather outlook area.

Elsewhere, within the green shaded areas on the above image, especially near the words "See Text" in the Ohio and Tennessee Valley region, a few storms may produce hail or wind gusts near severe limits this afternoon or early this evening.  Widespread and/or organized severe weather is not currently expected in this area, but residents should be aware of this threat for isolated severe weather and keep alert this afternoon if skies threaten.

If you live in the above mentioned areas, and particularly within the yellow shaded severe weather outlook area, please remain alert today.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media, or another trusted source for later information, watches and possible warnings.  Make sure that you identify your best sheltering option at home, work or school, and be prepared to go there if threatening weather is observed or a warning is issued.

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